One might connect Menachem Carmel’s quiet profile over the last week or two with the boycott of his Heichal Malchus Hall in Bnei Brak, which apparently has been effective, the result of his rebellious actions as viewed by rabbonim in Bnei Brak.
It is now reported that Carmel has been declining media interviews as he continues behind the scenes talks to find his way back into the community’s favor, perhaps even towards abandoning the HaPeles newspaper to take a place back at the Degel HaTorah table.
If the deal that is in the works is agreed upon, Carmel will stop advertising in HaPeles, in line with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky’s Shlita instructions, and a letter will be distributed to the tzibur ending the economic sanctions against him.
Some skeptical individuals believe no such thing is about to happen, explaining Carmel is simply playing the game wisely towards ending the sanctions against him.
There is also speculation the deal may even lead to Carmel finding a slot on the Degel HaTorah list, perhaps to deliver a blow to the rebel Yerushalmim faction and their Netzach Party.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)