'We'll take to the streets'

Yair Lapid urged Defense Minister Liberman to stop haredi efforts to limit the Supreme Court.

Tzvi Lev ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, a prominent supporter of drafting haredi Jews into the IDF, called on Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to prevent the haredi parties from legislating a law that would give them blanket draft deferments.

Lapid told Yediot Achronot in an interview to be published Saturday that "Liberman now has a test. He should announce that they will pass a new Draft Law law in the next Knesset session, based on the the principles of the original law that we passed, or the government will fall."

Lapid was referring to the law passed in 2013 that would have forced haredi Jews to enlist into the IDF for the first time.

Lapid said that Liberman has a obligation to his voters to ensure that the proposed bypass law does not pass. "He is the defense minister, the head of a party that represents the Russian public, which mobilizes in high percentages and opposes religious coercion" Lapid said.

"He has a commitment to IDF soldiers to step up and say that I will not let this law pass."

The haredi political parties have vowed to pass a new law that would limit the Supreme Court. In an emergency meeting the Shas and UTJ factions held on Wednesday, MK's vowed to pass a law that would bypass the court and enable haredi Jews to continue receiving draft deferments.

Liberman has signaled that he would be taking a harder line of haredi Jews who avoided the draft, threatening on Wednesday that 'l'll give anyone who doesn't draft a criminal record, and cut off government subsidies."

Lapid's statements can be a sign that he has dropped his campaign to woo haredi voters.