Education Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Naftali Bennett and Deputy Minister (Yahadut Hatorah) Meir Porush on Tuesday morning, 1 Rosh Chodesh Adar I visited educational institutions in Yavne. Bennett used the opportunity to lash out at his predecessor, Shai Piron of Yesh Atid, stating he will not permit continued discrimination against chareidim. While not mentioning Piron by name, it was clear that his remarks were directed at him.
Also accompanying the ministers were the ministry’s Head of Chareidi Chinuch Itzik Zahavi and CEO of Chinuch Atzmai Eliezer Sorotzkin. The visits to chareidi schools will continue for a number of days after chareidi school administrators announced they are boycotting the ministry’s chareidi unit.
Bennett asked about the school and the chareidi education system, speaking to school faculty in an effort to better understand this system.
Bennett stated “In recent years the atmosphere has not always been sympathetic to the chareidi tzibur and this era is over. My policy is clear. I care about every child including the children in the chareidi network no less than all the others. They deserve equality, not discrimination. I am here to learn as we are opening a new page in relations with the chareidi tzibur”.
Zahavi told those present that from his perspective, his unit was opening a new page in relations with the chareidi education system.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)