Sometimes it Pays to Complain: Eichler Receives another Appointment Following Disgruntled Letter


eichAfter sending his letter expressing his dissatisfaction with the deal received from Likud, Bayit Yehudi MK Yisrael Eichler is likely to become chairman of a Knesset committee.

Eichler was furious after seeing the deals reached with Likud by Shas and Bayit Yehudi, stating the fact that his party was first to close a deal to enter the coalition resulted in Yahadut Hatorah getting the worst of the coalition deals made.

Not too long after receiving Eichler’s angry letter coalition negotiator Ze’ev Elkin phoned Eichler to explain he will become the chair of a Knesset committee, most likely the Knesset Ombudsmen Committee.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The goyim have a saying “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Already the secular press is speculating that Netanyahu’s coalition will collapse in the short run.

    The two fanatical secular parties (Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beiteinu) would love to be able to replace the two hareidi parties. Most importantly, the current conscription law goes into effect unless repealed – if nothing happens in a matter of months there will be mass arrests of yeshiva students and closing down of hareidi yeshivos. All the patronage in the world doesn’t matter if hareidim are being forced into exile, incarcerated and having their property seized. And all it takes is for one member of the coalition to be ill on the day of the vote (or to be disinclined to support the coalition), and that is what happens. If the hareidim complain, Lapid and Lieberman are waiting the wings.

  2. This coalition is no glass house. I think it will prove to be very strong. All the parties in the coalition received so many benefits, whether funding or power, that none of them would want to rock the boat. (And the party leaders will be closely watching the junior mk’s, and if they make trouble they will be off the list next time). The only potential weak link could be Kachalon. Not right away, but if at some point he sees that his plans for the economy are going to fail, then he might look for some excuse to bring down the government, rather than be blamed for ruining the economy.

  3. There will never be mass arrests of Yeshiva Bochrim.

    Also, there is way too much greed and self serving agendas by all these politicians, Chareidim too. The problem is that too many of them care more for themselves than the nation as a whole.

  4. The committee he got is too irrelevant to raise any ill will. It’s such a joke I’m surprised he accepted it. Popular opinion is that there is an extremely low chance of the government making it thorough the term.

  5. idachgissa: I agree the coaltion will be strong, since except for Kulanu, all the junior partners have no place to go and very bad things will happen if they find themselves in opposition as a result of a Labor-Likud coalition. Even Kulanu will be in a bind. A Labor-Likud coalition, that is free of ultra-nationalists and hareidim will be very bad news for Bayit Yehudi and the hareidim (e.g. implementation of the draft law leading to mass arrests, serious cut backs of support for settlements, etc.). Netanyahu can blackmail his “partners” into submission, which will result in a stable government.