The political crisis surrounding the draft law raises many questions, especially about the conduct of Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman, who led the extremist line and demanded that the draft law be passed in three readings before the budget was approved. However, this week Litzman unexpectedly dropped his demand and agreed to a compromise.
The Tuesday edition of Haaretz reports that elements in the Gur Chassidus claim that Litzman acted independently in the crisis and presented Prime Minister Netanyahu with an ultimatum, without coordinating with the Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael of Agudas Yisrael.
Litzman’s office denied the allegations and claimed that “Litzman has been acting in all his ways over the years according to the clear instructions of the members of the Moetzes.
The Council’s secretary, Rabbi Mordechai Stern, told Kol Berama Radio on Monday, 25 Adar, “The decision was that there would be several people who could pass the draft law and simultaneously pass the budget with the promise that in the summer session it would be passed on three readings. There was no change yesterday. If the government promises it will be passed, then the timing is not important” said Rabbi Mordechai Stern.
When asked: After all, it was said that the draft law would be approved in three readings before the budget: “I do not know what they were talking about, I did not speak and don’t know who did.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)