The Kadima party’s “campaign of incitement” is likely to end in murder, with a soldier shooting at a full-time avreich, chareidi-religious MK Yisrael Eichler (Yahadut Hatorah) said today.
Speaking to Hakol Diburim, Eichler called on the Elections Committee to ban the slogan before it causes violence.
The slogan in question is, “Eight hundred shekels for a soldier, three thousand four hundred shekels for an avreich,” a reference to the monthly stipend given to IDF soldiers. It was not immediately clear how the figure of 3,400 shekels per full-time Torah student was calculated, as many receive far less.
Eichler argued that the slogan put the party on a “slippery slope” in regards to the way it relates to the chareidi community.
MK Yochanan Plesner of Kaimda was unimpressed by Eichler’s warnings and termed his comments “unusually brazen.” The latest campaign slogan, “is not against chareidim, it’s pro-soldiers,” he said.
Plesner argued that in addition to the 800 shekels that full-time Torah scholars receive each month from their yeshiva, they also get discounts on city tax, benefits from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), income benefits and sometimes housing benefits as well.
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