MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), whose Shaked Committee is expected to finish drafting a new law on hareidi enlistment in the coming weeks, said the ruling is meaningless as the yeshivas already received funding for February, and the new law should be ready in time for funding in March.
However Lapid, whoÂ praised the rulingÂ on Wednesday for “reminding us of the law,” apparently was not content with the threats of funding being in vain.
Journalist Moshe Glassner of the hareidi radio stationÂ Kol ChaiÂ reported on Wednesday that Lapid’s Finance Ministry, backed by MK Tzipi Livni’s Justice Ministry, has ordered toÂ cancelÂ the transfer of February funds to yeshivas.
According to the report, the Education Ministry clarified that since the transfer was conducted after 12:30 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), the allocation is adjoined to the following day, therefore enabling the cancellation.
Lapid leaped on the opportunity, canceling the transfer of all yeshivas’ monthly funding, until the money allocated forÂ studentsÂ whose enlistment was postponed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is filtered out and cancelled.
Ya’alon had postponed the enlistment until April 2014 to give the Shaked Committee time to properly draft a law on the issue of hareidi enlistment, which apparently will be passed in March.
Hareidi MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) on WednesdayÂ criticized the Supreme CourtÂ ruling, saying it constituted a “declaration of war” against the hareidi public.
On Saturday, Lapid similarly used hisÂ positionÂ as finance minister toÂ cancel funds — this time to Judea and Samaria. The move cameÂ following a publication onÂ Channel 2Â claiming that money is indirectly passing to the region’s Yesha Council; all transfers have been cancelled until the claims are investigated.