Rabbi suggests possibility of religious MK’s from quitting Knesset

Monday, May 22, 2006 | 
Rabbi Arusi, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Ono and of the Yemenite community in Israel, said that they must decide at what point religious Members of Knesset should quit the parliament. His statements came after recent attacks on the religious establishment from the High Court of Justice. “We have reached a point at which we must set a red line and say that if the State of Israel crosses it, the entire religious community will resign from the Knesset,” he said. “This will truly shake the foundations, even of secular society.” Certain issues, such as the withdrawal plan, the Tal Law, which allows religious Yeshiva students to be exempt from military service, and the collapse of official religious institutions have brought the religious community closer to this red line, Arusi said. Arusi said that the religious establishment must band together and decide when it has had enough.

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