Education Minister Naftali Bennett expresses backing for a bill formalizing exemptions to military service for ultra-Orthodox students while dismissing talk of a coalition crisis over the legislation.
“I think this is a measured law that gives an anwer to both the IDF and the ultra-Orthodox, who want the same think — a moderate and measured enlistment of ultra-Orthodox, without coercion or force,” Bennett says at his Jewish Home party’s weekly Knesset faction meeting.
Bennett dismisses talk of a crisis in the coalition over the bill amid ultra-Orthodox opposition.
“I think this is a ‘fake crisis,'” he says. “I think story is completely solvable.”