JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dramatically bolstered his ruling coalition this week with a unity deal meant to help him thwart challenges from fringe factions. But Yoel Krois, a man with sidelocks past his shoulders and a record of confronting authorities, says he remains ready for a fight.Read the rest here.
From his cramped Jerusalem office, Krois pens broadsides that paper his ultra-Orthodox neighborhood and serve as religious proclamations on issues of the day. One of the newest tells readers to resist a brewing plot to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Israeli military.
“We will go to prison instead,” said Krois, 39, sitting beneath a photograph of himself defying police as he and fellow activists with an anti-Zionist organization known as Edah Haredit protested the opening of a parking lot on the Jewish Sabbath. “We are protected by God.”
Setting aside my frequent criticism of Israel's foreign policy and its treatment of its Arab neighbors this is a problem. Israel is a nation that is still surrounded by people who have vowed to destroy it. No one should be entitled to a free ride like this. Anyone who refuses public service in the military, or some other capacity for convicted pacifists, should lose their citizenship and the right to vote.