Health Minister Yaakov Litzman told Kol Chai Radio that he is not concerned with Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennet’s view towards Reform and Conservative Jewry and his understanding of the Kosel situation. Bennet explained that while the religious status quo regarding the Kosel is frozen to prevent the establishment of an egalitarian prayer area at Robinson’s Arch, such an area already exists at the Kosel HaDromi.
Litzman however explained to Kol Chai that he is confident Bennet will not take any steps that are contrary to the position of Shas and Yahadut Hatorah despite the fears of some. Litzman explains he too is compelled to adhere to coalition agreement pertaining to the religious status quo.
He added, the chareidi parties are hoping the Giyur Bill will pass during this term and they are working hard towards achieving this goal. He explained there are many bills that chareidi parties back because they are compelled to do so by coalition discipline, despite the fact some are not exactly what they would like and they expect the same regarding giyur; sending a hint to coalition partners like Avigdor Lieberman, who oppose the bill but is expected to vote in favor of it nonetheless.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)