The hareidi-religious community is concerned over being drafted into the army and it must be done gently, said Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) on Tuesday.
Bennett spoke to Arutz Sheva after he had a tense meeting with yeshiva students who began their national service. The meeting took place at the Yad Sarah medical aid organization in Jerusalem. Bennett promised the students that he would work to ensure that mandatory army duty or national service duty would not infringe upon Torah study and a Torah way of life.
“Clearly, the hareidi society is afraid of this big move, because it’s a big change, and we must do it gently and with a lot of love because they are our brothers,” said Bennett. “It’s the first time in Israeli history that Israeli law recognizes the unique importance of Torah study. Never before has this happened and we’re very proud of it.”
He added, “We are one nation of Israel, we have to be together, we have to reduce the discourse of hate and anger and start working together to figure this out.”