The bill that was defeated in Knesset today, Wednesday, 16 Sivan 5772 left the chareidi tzibur divided as was reported earlier.
While Yahadut HaTorah MKs Moshe Gafne and Uri Maklev opposed the vote in line with instructions from HaRosh Yeshiva HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita, Yisrael Eichler voted in favor in line with instructions to do so from the Belzer Rebbe Shlita. It appears that MK (Yahadut HaTorah) Rav Menachem Eliezer Moses appears to have abstained as well.
Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita instructed Shas to vote in favor of the bill, but when threatened with being ousted from the cabinet, the gadol hador instructed cabinet ministers to abstain. Shas MKs Nissim Ze’ev, Avraham Michaeli, Amnon Cohen, David Azoulay, and Yitzchak Vaknin voted in favor of the bill.
MK (Am Shalem) Rav Chaim Amsellem, previously of Shas, voted in favor of the bill to save the Beit El homes.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)