Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef wrote to chareidi MKs asking them emend the new draft law. He said that due to the new law, dozens of small kollelim, particularly Sefardi kollelim in the periphery and in small towns, are ceasing to exist so far as the government is concerned. This is preventing their yungeleit from being considered full time yeshiva students, cutting off their government funding, and causing some of them to stop learning.
Under Israeli law, a government recognized kollel must have at least ten members below draft age. This was no problem when yungeleit and bochurim were exempt from the army until their late twenties. But with the law only exempting yungeleit until the age of 24, any kollel with less than ten yungeleit below that age is regarded as non-existent and not legible for government funding.
MK Yisroel Eichler, Minister Aryeh Deri and Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush said that they would do everything possible to emend the situation.