Chairman of the Tel Aviv Student Union, Tal Livne, has requested the support of Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in the university student's battle against a bill granting yeshiva students millions in state funds. Livne asked Rabbi Yosef in a letter to show his support by demanding equal rights for university and yeshiva students.
"We are not wishing worse conditions for them," Livne wrote. "If the Israeli government decided to help Israeli students, we ask that they do it without differentiating. We are certain the student body in its entirety is dear to your heart, since you are a person who appreciates and nurtures education." Livne extended an invitation to the rabbi to visit the Tel Aviv University campus.