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FM Lieberman: Bringing Chareidim into the Coalition Will Cost Billions

liebForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is not counted among those who wish to see chareidi parties enter the coalition government. He says the including chareidim in the coalition will cost 3.5 billion shekels. He is therefore adamantly opposed to bringing Yahadut Hatorah and Shas into the coalition.

During a press briefing Lieberman was asked by reporters they have heard Lieberman and Yesh Atid leader Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to work to block the entry of chareidim into the coalition. They wanted to understand why they feel this way. He explained that it was simply too costly, and that he does not feel the coalition can afford such a move.

He added that Likud would like to see the chareidim on board instead of Yesh Atid. He however remains opposed. He feels that if the current coalition falls, it will not be because of the diplomatic issues but more likely due to conflict surrounding religion and state.

Speaking to Mordechai Lavi on Kol Berama Radio on Sunday morning, Coalition Head MK Yariv Levin of Likud explained a change in the coalition makeup is frozen at present due to Lieberman’s strong objections to bringing the chareidi parties in.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

8 Responses

  1. But why would it cost? because than the govt would have to support the kollelim. So this poor tinok shenishba is against supporting Torah, the lifeblood of the country and the world

  2. This is what we call racism. Same as bds, cover it up with anti zionist, and practice anti semitism. This govt has enough money for other sects, and projects including pet projects, but none for the haredis! Anti semites!

  3. It wouldn’t cost a dime. It would require amending Israeli law to allow for those with conscientious, moral or religious objections to be exempt from military services. To avoid abuse by hilonim, they could restrict college admission to those who refuse to serve in the IDF. The army really doesn’t want unwilling recruits, and for most of the hareidim (or at least their rabannim), being exempt from military service is for more important than government handouts.

  4. Guys calm down! Lieberman is right. Based on past experience it will cost a lot of money to bring the Hareidim on board and into a Government coalition. At the same time the coalition will save a lot of money by letting Lapid sail off into the sunset. Indeed there may be a net fiscal gain by letting go of Lapid and his ilk. That is the nature of politics in Israel. Whoever has his fingers on the buttons of power presses them for his constituency. What moves Lapid is the self interest of his constituency, not hatred of Haredim. And by the same token what moves the Haredi parties is their own self interest, not hatred of Lapid’s party.

  5. #6. This is very true. The Chareidi parties act the same way towards each other. Whoever has more control will take care of their own group far sooner than helping each Frum child equally. This has been Israeli politics.

  6. This demonstrates the prices we are paying by taking money from the Zionists. If not for the money we would have saved many Tzores from them including the draft law.

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