Chareidim Turn to Bayit Yehudi to Save the Yeshivos

In an effort to save yeshivos, the Shas and Yahadut Hatorah parties on Wednesday, 3 Menachem Av 5773 sent a letter to the Bayit Yehudi party. The opposition MKs called on Bayit Yehudi not to support the budgetary cuts to yeshivos. In return for complying with this request, the chareidi opposition parties explain that they will not enter the government if Bayit Yehudi breaks away over the yeshiva budget issue. The letter is signed by 18 chareidi MKs. The chareidim warn that if Bayit Yehudi permits the budget to pass, many yeshivos will close due to the lack of funds. Other yeshivos will be in a fiscal stranglehold. Alternatively, if the party votes against the budget it will be ousted from the coalition. Opposition MKs stated in advance that they will not use such an opportunity to enter the coalition. The letter was the initiative of Shas leader Aryeh Deri. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)