Leaders of UTJ and Shas met to discuss the formulation of a new yeshiva draft bill to replace the bill disqualified by the Supreme Court four months ago.
The new bill will need to satisfy Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who opposes the exemption of yeshiva students, as well as Supreme Court President Esther Chayot, who disqualified the former draft law.
The Torah parties are concerned that at the point of reaching an agreement over the issue, Lieberman might deliberately terminate the government to prevent authorization of a new bill. This would strengthen his standing among the secular population versus Yair Lapid.
“We are having very great difficulty formulating a text agreeable to all,” said a senior Knesset official. “The bill must be acceptable to the parties as well as the Attorney General. So far, we have had no success.”