24 Adar Alef 5774
From the Yeshiva World News website:
As Am Yisrael is about to mark 15 years since the unprecedented 1 million man protest against Israel’s Supreme Court organized by R’ Menachem Porush Z”L, Gedolei Yisrael Shlita have given the go-ahead for a million man atzeres against the new chareidi draft law.
The event will take place on Tuesday, 2 Adar 2 5774 to act publically against what HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita called “an awful Chilul Hashem”, in his comments after hearing the Shaked Committee approved criminal sanctions.
Rav Shteinman’s immediate response was the atzeres is now required to act in the face of the horrific Chilul Hashem and he seems uninterested in the other factors, such as how the event will play out in the media.
It is clear from all the statements that there is no interest in or need of yeshiva students to participate in the army beyond that they be assimilated into Israeli culture and absorbed into the work force, so that those at the top can reap even more monetary gain.
They promise to accommodate the religious soldier and then go back on every one of them, because it is their aim to wean them away from Torah and observance. I would venture that the average religious young man who goes into the army comes out less religious in the end. I've seen it happen.
I was there fifteen years ago to demonstrate against the High Court of (IN)Justice and I plan to be there, G-d willing, next week. In the merit of achdut around Torah, may Hashem see fit to raise up our righteous Mashiach to lead us and to re-establish a real Jewish army like that of King David's!