Netanyahu associates unhappy with Haredi exclusion from government
Some close associates of Prime Minister Netanyahu are unhappy that Haredim are being systematically excluded
from his new government.
Netanyahu’s close associate Natan Eshel was said to have
attempted to convince the Tekuma rabbis that they should align themselves with
the haredim, and not a secularist party.
“Despite all of the hysteria in
the media, we strengthen the path you are on to preserving the world of Torah
and settlement in the Land of Israel, in cooperation with Yair Lapid and the
Yesh Atid party,” rabbis Dov Lior, Haim Steiner, Isser Klonsky and David Chai
Hacohen wrote in a letter to Bennett and Ariel.
Earlier on Sunday,
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed discomfort at the idea of leaving
haredi parties out of the coalition.
“The prime minister has doubts about
rejecting an entire public,” Steinitz said.
“This is an undesirable
Israel needs the widest, most stable government possible. I
don’t like the style of boycotting or indirectly boycotting.”
Water Minister Uzi Landau expressed optimism at the prospect of a coalition that
can focus on civil and domestic issues, but disapproved of Yesh Atid and the
Bayit Yehudi’s methods.
“We have a chance to bring great changes in
allowing everyone to participate in the workforce, enlistment in the army,
affordable housing, electoral reform,” he listed. “I call on anyone who believes
in these principles – like Bennett and Lapid – not to let us miss this chance
again. We need to make sure all of these principles come true, but not through
What could go wrong?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Haredim, Jewish Home party, Likud party, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid party