The High Court of Justice ruling striking down the current arrangement for chareidim and IDF service has been met with a harsh chareidi response including threats to bring down the coalition and head to early elections. The heads of the chareidi parties are expected to meet in urgent session on Wednesday afternoon 22 Elul in Knesset to discuss the new reality created by the court’s ruling.
First, a joint faction meeting will be held for the two parties, Yahadut Hatorah and Shas, after which the faction leaders Aryeh Deri, Yaakov Litzman and Degel Hatorah Chairman Moshe Gafni will hold a separate discussion.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is on a state visit to Argentina, also referred to a High Court of Justice decision, hinting that it would not harm the cabinet’s composition: “I have not yet learned the High Court ruling, but I learned one thing in politics. Faster”.
Netanyahu rejected the reports that he intended to dissolve the Knesset and go to elections that would be a kind of “referendum” against the backdrop of police investigations against him.
At a press conference in Buenos Aires, Netanyahu said: “It’s nonsense, I’m not going to go to elections. I intend to continue this term until the end and lead the Likud to a big victory in the 2019 elections.”
According to Netanyahu, Likud support is strong. “You have to come to see, not only at conferences, you will walk with me in the street and you will see that, I do not remember such support from 1996, remember that there was frustration from Oslo, not me or my wife.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)