Yahadut HaTorah MKs are currently of the opinion that breaking away from the coalition government would not be a wise move since doing so would simply be “giving a prize to Kadima”.
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser on Monday morning, told Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet that while he cannot say what exactly will be the final draft law impacting the chareidi tzibur, what he can say for certainty is that what existed over the past 64 years will no longer be the reality and the chareidi community must come to terms with the simple fact that there must be an increase in the number of people sharing the national burden. Hauser quoted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as saying the injustice must be corrected, and it will, and there will be a gradual increase in the number of chareidim taking part in this national burden.
Ladaat.net quotes a “senior official in Yahadut HaTorah” who spoke on the condition of anonymity as saying that from Kadima’s perspective, the party has to justify its entry into the coalition and its goal is to remain while ousting the chareidim and the party members are now of the opinion that leaving the coalition over the chareidi draft issue would simply reward Kadima.
“We will do just the opposite. We will not leave the government” the source is quoted as saying, explaining the plan is to remain and make Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s life miserable. Simultaneously, they will begin negotiating with opposition leader (Labor) Shelly Yacimovich to evaluate possibly backing a Labor-led coalition in the next government.
The source is quoted as adding “Bibi will pay a high price. He who harms our children and our yeshivos will pay, here and now, and at the end of the day, he will pay the price”.
When asked what they will do if the prime minister decides to oust the chareidim from Yahadut HaTorah, the source feels the prime minister would not have an easy time doing this. The source adds that Yacimovich’s silence of late is quite obvious, and she is paying a heavy political price for opting to remain silence, but for Yahadut HaTorah this is a signal that they may have a viable partner in the new Labor party leader.
The source concludes that despite the opinion of MKs at present, it is entirely possible that the party’s gedolim will not agree and order them to leave the coalition. Should this be the case that is exactly what will happen.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)