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Bennett: 'Lots of Love' Needed in Dealing With Hareidim

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett urged members of the government and MKs to project calm over issue of hareidi integration
By David Lev
First Publish: 5/27/2013, 5:53 PM

As Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid threatened to disband the government over the issue of service in the IDF by hareidi yeshiva students, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett urged members of the government and MKs to show understanding and stay calm. “We are within a historic process that will eventually integrate the hareidi public into Israeli society,” Bennett said at a meeting of Bayit Yehudi MKs Monday. “The path to this is full of roadblocks, and I call on all involved not to overreact.”

Bennett said that the process of bringing hareidim into the army and the workforce – after a decades' long exclusion from both – would require time and patience to work properly.

“No one wants to see the Military Police invading Bnei Brak and making arrests," he said, in reference to Israel's largest hareidi-majority city,"This will not solve anything. On the other hand, a slow and intelligently-implemented process of benefits, coupled with a great deal of love for the hareidim to integrate them into the greater Israeli society, is what is needed."

“I am convinced that we will succeed in building that bridge and finding the correct path,” Bennett continued, adding that his intent was to integrate hareidim into the army and national service eventually, but even more importantly, into the workplace.