Being the first to sign on to the coalition has proven to be less than advantageous for Yahadut Hatorah. It is now clear that Bayit Yehudi and Shas received a great deal more by waiting to sign near the deadline.
MK Yisrael Eichler sent an angry letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explaining that since his party received so little in the coalition agreement, he and his colleagues in Agudas Yisrael do not feel bound by the agreement. The same sentiment seems prevalent in the Degel faction of Yahadut Hatorah. They explain that they signed on early to close a deal but it is not evident that Bayit Yehudi and Shas were rewarded for dragging out the talks and waiting until the deadline to join on.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)