Deputy Minister Meir Porush, a leading figure in the Yahadut Hatorah party, for some reason decided to focus on the female chareidi attorney who holds a realistic place on the Blue and White party list, Omer Yankelovich. She is in the party’s 23rd spot, and polls predict the party will receive 30 or more seats in the 21st Knesset.
Porush’s Yahadut Hatorah party has already launched an attack against Yankelovich, about two weeks ago, in which party officials are quoted saying, “The appointment of a Chareidi woman in a list that is anti-Chareidi, that has proven that it wages war against everything that is holy and precious, and that works against the rights of this segment of society, just proves how foolish and irrelevant this party really is.”
With under a month until Knesset elections, on Tuesday, March 9, 2019, Porush, who is chairman of the Shlomei Emunim faction of Agudas Yisrael, was interviewed by Kikar Shabbos News. Following are some of the highlights of that interview, in which he explains the party is working to get the Chabad vote, as well as commenting on the chareidi women on the Blue and White list.
Kikar Shabbos News (KSN)
A lot of bad blood passed between Degel Hatorah and Agudas Yisrael in the municipal local elections; Have you really put it all behind you, for the sake of the cause-or is it imaginary joining of hands?
“If I analyze this correctly, Agudas Yisrael is afraid to go alone in the elections, and so is Degel Hatorah, afraid to go alone, so we united forces, but they are separate parties, in their MKs, opinions and money. Everyone conducts himself on his own.”
Do you still have anger at what happened in the municipal elections?
“We have now made the agreement with Degel without anger, and the agreement speaks of a clear half-half division, and the goal is important.”
Why should Chabadnikim vote davka for Yahadut Hatorah?
Chabad is not in any of the political parties. It frustrates a Chabad Chossid when he hears someone reporting they affiliate with any party. I call on Chassidei Chabad: We are the most chareidi party; and always have been and will continue to be.
Today, it is also clear to all the various streams that in Yahadut Hatorah we are saying, ‘we are going with Netanyahu’. There is no chance that we are going with Gantz, because Lapid is together with him. Lapid will control him. The people in Yesh Atid will control Gantz, if he is in the government. Therefore, all the factions in Yahadut Hatorah declare that they are going to be with Netanyahu. We are the most skilled of all the parties.
When Porush was asked about the Chareidi candidate in the Blue and White party, Omer Yankelovich, he refused to respond, but then he did comment: “it harms all of Chareidi Jewry. When Omer Yankelovich will run on her own, we will see if she gets in, and if she does something.”
KSN points out that it is interesting that when responding, Porush in his Hebrew used the male gender when referring to Yankelovich, as seen below.
“זה פוגע בכל יהודי חרדי. כשעומר ינקלביץ ילך לבד ברשימה – נראה אם הוא נכנס, אם הוא עשה משהו”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)