On Thursday afternoon 2 Cheshvan 5773, Yahadut HaTorah representatives met in a first step towards planning out election strategy. They are aware that before the umbrella party made up of Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisrael can move ahead, they must first analyze the current status and ascertain if they will run under a joined slate as in the past. The union has earned the Ashkenazi chareidim at least one additional Knesset seat.
Those present were in agreement, that it is in everyone’s interest to continue running under a joint ticket. They agreed an effort must be exerted to get complacent Ashkenazi chareidim to come out and vote for Yahadut HaTorah. They agreed the current list should remain as is, feeling this would send a message of achdus to the tzibur.
It was also decided that the seventh slot on the ticket, which is the third Degel position, would be filled in accordance to instruction from HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita.
Despite the good wishes to promote achdus, the Yerushalmi faction of Degel HaTorah is moving ahead to register its Netzach HaTorah Party, signaling it is entirely possible they will break from Degel (Viewed as the Yated Ne’eman faction) and run independently (representing the HaPeles faction).
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)