Haredim are planning a "Million Man" anti-draft protest on Sunday, March 9 – even though several senior haredi politicians and a spokesman for the most senior haredi rabbi all admit the proposed draft law is good for haredim. "If there is too much praise [for law by haredim, because it exempts them from most of what they should be obligated for], someone will want to change [the law] before it reaches the Knesset plenum [for its final votes]," MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party said in explaining why haredi leaders were lashing out against the government.
MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni
Israel HaYom reports:
…Plans for the '[haredi "Million Man" anti-draft] protest were moving forward even though haredim say the draft law actually benefits them. Benny Rabinowitz, official spokesman of prominent Ashkenazi authority Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, even admitted in an interview at the Israel Hayom Tel Aviv studio that the new legislation was good for the ultra-Orthodox. On Sunday evening, the haredi website Kikar Hashabat posted positive comments made by haredi MKs.
"If there is too much praise, someone will want to change [the law] before it reaches the Knesset plenum," the site quoted MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) as saying.…