Tensions between the litvish and chassidish faction of Yahadut Hatorah have been rising since elections. There is an ongoing machlokes as to splitting the limited number of positions given to the party, with the litvish Degel Hatorah faction demanding additional representation while the majority chassidish Agudas Yisrael faction insisting this will not be the case.
Degel faction members boycotted a meeting on Monday 29 Iyar in an act of protest, leaving only the members of Agudas Yisrael in attendance. The meeting was called to reach a decision regarding the distribution of positions among the faction members. The crux of the machlokes is which faction will receive the task of being a member of the committee that appoints dayanim?
Efforts to reach agreement have failed to date, and the failed efforts led to Degel absenting itself from the meeting. Hence the meeting was only attended by Yaakov Litzman, Meir Porush, Menachem Eliezer Moses and Yisrael Eichler. The two Degel Hatorah faction members, Moshe Gafne and Uri Maklev were no shows.
Some are concerned that if the factions continue in this fashion it may result in a split.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)