Chareidi MKs Freeze Coalition Talks With The Likud

A UTJ party meeting. (Spokesperson)

The reports on Monday about the compromise that Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu reached with Religious Zionism Party chairman Betzalel Smotrich and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri has greatly angered both the UTJ party and some members of Netanyahu’s Likud party.

According to the reports, Smotrich will receive the Finance Ministry that was originally slated for Deri. Deri will be “compensated” for the loss of the Finance Ministry by receiving a “super ministry” of a combined Interior Ministry and Transportation Ministry. In addition, the Shas party would receive four other ministries, including the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galil as well as the Religious Services Ministry, the Health or  Social Welfare Ministry, and the Diaspora Affairs or Agricultural Ministry.

The UTJ party is now furious since the original agreement between the parties called for a ministry for every two mandates. Shas has 11 mandates and was supposed to receive 5 and a half ministries and UTJ was supposed to receive 3 and a half ministries for its 7 mandates.

However, currently, UTJ has not yet received any ministries although it expects to receive two “small” ministries, Housing and Social Equality or perhaps the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry. The party has demanded clarification from the Likud on the matter and has announced that for the time being, they have suspended negotiations talks.

Some Likud MKs are also furious, with at least two, Dovid Bitan and Danny Danon, publicly criticizing Netanyahu for giving away important ministries to other parties rather than keeping them within the party.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. What ever you do. , please don’t kill the goose that laid the golden eeg here. Otherwise you will have no coalition and then elections and then you will have nothing.

  2. If you Gimmel receive Ministry of Transportation, that would be awesome, as you could halt all modes of transportation during שבת קודש so count your Benedictions, because if you Gimmel send 🇮🇱 back to election, no more votes for you Gimmel [irrespective of what exhorting your Rabbis preach] but simply voting Likud for King Bibi

  3. Good. G d is the one orchestrating it all. No peace will ever reign in the כנסת המינים.
    Secular, Chareidi, Zionists, all the same just under a different name. Shame on all!

  4. chash:
    Shomrei Torah and Mitzvos who worship idols or who prop up sinners would be in the same category as other idol-worshippers and sinners.

    There are actually specific conditions under which Rav Reuven Grozovsky permitted Jews to enter that Zionist den of heresy and massive Chilul Hashem known as the Zionist Parliament. Those conditions by Rav Reuven are obviously not being fulfilled.