While Yahadut Hatorah has yet to officially decide its position on the controversial draft law, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, the Gerrer Rebbe’s representative in Knesset has announced his latest ultimatum. He announced on Monday, 26 Tammuz, that if the draft law controversy is not resolved within a week, prior to the end of the Knesset summer session, he will resign his post. Litzman is calling for a delay in the law, as opposed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is working hard to pass the bill into law before the summer session concludes.
Litzman reportedly told PM Netanyahu that additional time is needed to legislate the law, as time is required to explain the matter in detail to the rabbonim and admorim, to explain the pros and cons of the legislation, hence, the need for delay.
There is also the issue of the High Court deadline to legislate a new draft law and if Mr. Netanyahu wishes to accommodate Litzman’s demand, the government will have to seek an extension from the High Court, which the Prime Minister has signaled he does not plan to do.
Litzman, who was health minister, resigned in protest over Chilul Shabbos back in November 2017 and returned as deputy minister with ministerial authority.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)