Yeshivos to Lose Funding For Students Receiving Draft Notices

YERUSHALAYIM - Yeshivah students who reach the age of eligibility for military service and receive orders to appear for induction will automatically be removed from the official yeshivah enrollment for budgetary purposes, the Education Ministry has announced.

Heads of yeshivos in Israel received letters from the Education Ministry last Thursday informing them of the change. It said that in the wake of the expiration on August 31, 2012, of the Tal Law, which provided for exemptions from military service, funding for students will end on the date of each bachur’s induction order.

United Torah Judaism MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman said in response that “we are talking about the beginning of a process of destruction led by opponents of Torah Jewry, who seek to uproot everything and cause mortal harm to those values we hold most sacred.”

Rabbi Litzman added that the measure signals a new era, with the establishment of a government based on “the axis led by Yesh Yatid leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett.”

He pledged that the chareidi representatives in the Knesset will do everything in their power to prevent harm to the Torah community, and that ultimately those who rise up against the Torah will not succeed.