MK Moshe Gafne, in his capacity as chairman of the Degel Hatorah faction of Yahadut Hatorah, has been meeting with Gedolei HaTorah as part of preparing for dealing with the new draft law.
The new law has not yet been officially given to the chareidim for study. It is the result of the recommendations of the committee headed by former Likud minister, Moshe Nissim. Based on leaks and the revelation of portions of the recommendations, it appears far from chareidi-friendly as the chareidi MKs are putting it.
The chairmen of the respective factions, including Gafne, Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman and Minister Aryeh Deri have met and agreed to work together regarding the draft law, a unified front.
According to a Kikar Shabbos News report, in recent days, there has been an exchange of messages from HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky to the head of the Shas Moetzas Chachmei HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen. It is explained this is being done to make certain there is cooperation between the factions as they move ahead on the draft law. Rav Kanievsky seems to feel for the time being, the plan presented is the best option available.
YWN published a story last week about a meeting between Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman and Gedolim in the USA, during a recent visit, and the deputy minister was quoted telling them regarding the draft law, the news is a “fake gezeira”.
Gafne has been meeting with senior Roshei Yeshivos and members of the Degel Moetzas Gedolei HaTorah, seeking to formulate his factions line and red line. On Sunday morning, 4 Tammuz, Gafne met with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita and in a separate meeting, with HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein Shlita along with his son, HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Yehuda Edelstein and Rabbi David Shapira. Last week, Gafne met with HaGaon HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi and HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch.
Chareidim10 News reports Rav Kanievsky instructed the chareidi elected officials to continue efforts to pass a new draft law and this is not the time to break apart the coalition.
The Moetzas Gedolei Torah of Agudas Yisrael last week ruled that if the government does not involve the chareidi representatives in the formation of the new bill, and the bill is deemed unacceptable, they should break from the coalition.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)