Ha’aretz quotes haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv this way:
“[T]he decision makers must take into account the position of the world nations. They shouldn’t ignore or take lightly the ideas raised by other nations. If the United States raises solutions that could bring about the end of the war and save Jewish lives, they should be heeded. No offer or idea should be dismissed offhand. We mustn’t anger the nations of the world.”
The same small article has this little tidbit of information:
The senior rabbis in the ultra-Orthodox community decided to allow the yeshiva students to take the “between times” vacation, which is equivalent to a semester break, despite the dangerous circumstances in Israel.
However, the rabbis advised the students to refrain from taking trips during their vacation.
Always one to hedge his bets, Rabbi Elyashiv, in a “private conversation,” (i.e., one with complete deniability), is reported to have said:
“If I could, I would lock the boys behind a heavy door during the present situation. The circumstances are tough. Jewish blood is being spilled like water. Is this a good time to take trips?”
Of course, Rabbi Elyashiv could forbid those trips, and the vast majority of haredi yeshiva students would listen to him. He could also forbid the entire vacation from learning and demand the yeshivas stay the course. But he and the other haredi rabbis did not do, despite earlier reports to the contrary.
Haredim vacation while Israel burns. Never forget that.