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Moses to "Etrog": "A Coalition Crisis? Not Necessarily."

In an interview with "Etrog", Chairman of United Torah Judaism, Knesset Member Moses, blamed the Prime Minister's office for misleading the chareidi party, and said that he will reach a decision only after consulting with Gedolei Yisrael. Moses also explained why UTJ will not necessarily initiate the next coalition crisis. Is a white flag being raised?

David Shmueli 07/12/2009 11:47

"In order to reach a decision on this complex matter, I will consult with Gedolei Yisrael, and ask for their opinion on the issue," said Chairman of United Torah Judaism, Knesset Member Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses, in an interview with "Etrog". Moses was referring to the fact that a bill was passed in the Knesset yesterday, amending the current law regarding how to deal with female draft dodgers, even thought the bill was not supported by the chareidi parties.

The Prime Minister's office mislead us," accuses Moses. "We never once expressed our support or agreement with the law in its present form. The fact that the government adopted a draft which states that a representative of the Chief Rabbinate will not longer have the ultimate say in the matter is unacceptable to us. We never agreed to the new draft. To make any decision on such a weighty matter, we first need to hear what Gedolei Yisrael have to say," said Moses.

Moses is angry, and rightfully so. Yesterday afternoon, a statement was released by the Prime Minister's office, saying that the Israeli government was discussing a possible compromise between the Ministries of Justice and Defense, and representatives of the chareidi community in the Knesset, with regard to the "Draft-Dodging Law". In the framework of working towards reaching a compromise, an appeals committee will be established, so that girls who claim they are religious can attempt to prove that fact, if the army believes they are lying just to avoid compulsory military service.

According to the new draft of the law, the appeals committee will include a representative of the IDF, and a representative from the Chief Rabbinate, appointed by the Minister of Defense, and approved of by the Chief Rabbinate. The draft was approved by the Knesset, even though two weeks ago, a proposal of the draft was rejected by Minister Nahari of Shas, and members of United Torah Judaism threatened a coalition crisis if the new draft of the bill was passed.

Moses is convinced that the statement issued yesterday by the Prime Minister's office was an effort to pacify the Israeli public, but that it was a trick played behind the backs of the chareidi representatives in the Knesset. The chareidi did not agree to the draft, and last Wednesday, after a special committee established by the Prime Minister met to discuss the issue, no final agreement was reached. That committee included the Ministers of Justice and Housing, and additional Knesset members – including Gafni and Moses.

The chareidi representatives did not accept the new draft of the law, since the final version stated that the Appeal Committee can only reach a decision if both individuals on the committee are in agreement regarding a girl's religious status. That means that the representative from the Chief Rabbinate will no longer have the right of veto regarding the committee's decision. In other words, the representative from the IDF will have the final say.

The draft was approved by the government, by a sweeping majority of votes. Shas, that just a month ago threatened a coalition crisis in the face of this issue, and that two weeks ago appealed the draft due to lack of agreement, now accepted the decision in silence. Later, the law was passed to the Ministerial Legislative Committee, where Shas voted against the law – but once again, it passed with a large show of support. Nahari, incidentally, was the only member of Shas who refused to take part in the proceedings, and left the Knesset hall during the vote. He voted against the draft during the Ministerial Committee vote, but to no avail.

And where was United Torah Judaism during this entire process? The Prime Minister's office didn't bother to inform the party that the law was being amended by the government, and did not tell UTJ about the new draft presented to the Ministerial Committee. At the time, the representatives of the UTJ party were attending a historical conference of Agudat Yisrael in Bnei Brak. Members of Degel HaTorah were also busy with other important matters.

"Will United Torah Judaism announce a coalition crisis? Will the representatives be present, or not, for a lack of confidence vote, as you threatened to do 3 weeks ago?" we asked Moses.

"I don't know yet. We will hold a party meeting, and at the same time, as I said before, we will consult with Gedolei Yisrael."

"It sounds to me like you are raising a white flag," we responded.

Moses explained, "This is a very weighty issue, and it is the first time that the law regarding the recruitment of girls into the IDF has been amended. I believe that in general, the members of the appeals committee will agree on the status of girls who appear before them. Therefore, I do not think the situation will arise whereby the IDF representative will not believe the testimony of a girl who truly does observe the Torah and mitvos."

You wanted a coalition crisis? You can sit down and wait some more.