Ahead of ruling on drafting yeshiva students, Haredi MK preemptively slams court for bias – The Times of Israel

Posted By on June 27, 2024

Responding to the news that the High Court of Justice is set to rule this morning on a petition requiring the immediate military conscription of previously exempt yeshiva students, senior United Torah Judaism lawmaker Moshe Gafni preemptively slams the judicial system for anti-Haredi bias.

There has never been a ruling by the Supreme Court in favor of yeshiva students and in the interest of the ultra-Orthodox public, Gafni declares in a statement. There is not a single judge there who understands the value of studying the Torah and [yeshiva students] contribution to the people of Israel in all generations.

During a recent hearing on the issue, the justices appeared to have lost patience with the decades-long failure of successive governments to deal with the Haredi enlistment conundrum, indicating that it could rule for an immediate call-up a result that could imperil Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus coalition, which is dependent on the ultra-Orthodox parties support.

Netanyahus coalition is currently working to pass a bill to lower the current age of exemption for yeshiva students from 26 to 21 and very slowly increase the rate of ultra-Orthodox conscription. Speaking with The Times of Israel last week, one UTJ lawmaker said his party had lost its trust and its will to be a part of this coalition because Netanyahu had failed to come through for them.

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