MK Yisrael Eichler, who is a member of the Agudas Yisrael faction of Yahadut Hatorah spoke with Kol Chai Radio on Thursday morning 25 Tishrei. He was asked to address the Thursday evening meeting in which Agudas Yisrael MKs were summoned to meet with the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita. (Link to article number 2)
When asked to attribute the reason for the rebbe’s decision to meet, Eichler explained this is simply indicative of the rebbe’s growing concerns over the housing problem that impacts the entire tzibur.
Eicher feels that all chareidim in Knesset, including Shas and the Degel faction of Yahadut Hatorah must join and present a united front in the coalition. He explains the chareidim must not vote for the billions of shekels being allocated for construction unless there is a minimum of ten percent being allocated exclusively for the chareidi tzibur.
Eichler admits one of the problems today is the legal experts have prohibited building exclusively for a special sector, citing this is what occurred in Charish, which was designated to be exclusively chareidi but this was overruled by the courts and today, a mixed community.
Eichler angrily explained that there are other projects that were scraped due to the legal opinion prohibiting construction exclusively for chareidim, since this is discriminatory. Eichler adds this is exacerbating the situation and the chareidim must unite and refuse to vote for any housing until the interests of its tzibur are secured as part of any deal.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)