Daily Israel Report

Peres Trying to Untie Hareidi Enlistment Knot

President meets hareidi MK in an attempt to find a solution to dispute threatening coalition.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/4/2012, 8:29 PM

Peres with soldiers (file)
Peres with soldiers (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

President Shimon Peres met Wednesday afternoon with MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) in order to try and hammer out a replacement for the Tal Law that regulated the enlistment of hareidim to the IDF.

Shas Chairman Eli Yishai said earlier in the day that "the establishment of the Plesner Committee was for the sake of primaries and because of Kadima's fear of elections."

"The hateful paper issued by the one man committee is an amateurish and extremist document that ignores the complexity of the subject and is motivated by excess hot-headedness and excitement," he accused.

Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz presented an ultimatum Wednesday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, demanding the Netanyahu decide "within days" to accept the Plesner Committee's recommendations, or face the fact that Kadima will leave his coalition.

Minister Ariel Atias (Shas) hinted on his Facebook page that the hareidim would be willing to be flexible in negotiations. "If we change the extreme parts of the Plesner report, we can still arrive at a solution that would change the situation meaningfully compared to the original Tal Law."