Daily Israel Report

Litzman: Hareidi-Haters Beginning the Demolition

Hareidi MK terms Naftali Bennett head of ‘axis of evil,’ warns ‘haters of religion’ will bring destruction.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/7/2013, 10:24 PM

UTJ's MK Yaakov Litzman
UTJ's MK Yaakov Litzman
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman upped the invective against Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party head Naftali Bennett on Thursday, dubbing him the head of an “axis of evil.” Litzman warned that a recent step toward promoting hareidi enlistment will lead to destruction.

The Education Ministry has announced that the state will no longer subsidize studies for yeshiva students who have received a call-up notice for the IDF.

“This is the beginning of a process of destruction planned by those in Israel who hate religion,” Litzman charged. Their goal is “to uproot everything, to deal a mortal blow to the values we hold dear,” he added.

The change is just one of many that hareidi Jews can expect to see under a new government based on “the axis of evil led by MK Naftali Bennett from the ‘Jewish Home’ together with his colleague Yair Lapid, and based on hate and boycotts of the hareidi community,” he accused.

“We’re starting a difficult period,” he warned. “It will be filled with wars and difficult battles to guard the walls of religion against those who intend to hurt what is holy and dear to us.”

“The hareidi leadership will stand in the gap and will do everything in its power to prevent the blow to the yeshiva world,” he declared.