Among the first to publically congratulate Yaakov Litzman after the Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisrael approved his becoming the Minister of Health was Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett.
Bennett explained he was pleased to hear of the decision, praising Litzman’s performance as deputy and expressing confidence that his “diligence, efficiency and wisdom will benefit citizens of Israel as has been the case in the past”.
To date, Litzman has been serving as Deputy Health Minister with ministerial authority in line with the long-standing policy of gedolei yisrael shlita, who forbid members of the chareidi party to become a cabinet minister. However, a recent High Court of Israel ruling on a petition filed by the Yesh Atid party compelled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to appoint a full-time Health Minister, a post he was holding to date. As such, the Torah council convened and the admorim decided to permit Litzman to become a cabinet minister due to the current situation.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)