In an apparent move towards building a right-wing coalition under the Likud’s wing, Shas leader Rav Eli Yishai offered a ‘compromise’ regarding Yisrael Beitenu’s demands to permit civil weddings. Yishai states that Shas can live with an arrangement that addresses those deemed “posul” by the Chief Rabbinate, namely non-Jews, explaining this would permit Yisrael Beitenu to claim a victory, while preserving the integrity of Jewish marriage and permitting the formation of a coalition.
Yishai further states that most of the Jewish People in Eretz Yisrael oppose mixed marriage, stating with certainty that even after another 10 elections, Lieberman’s party will never win enough support to approve civil marriages of Jews in Eretz Yisrael.
Yisrael Beitenu is not rejoicing over the proposed solution, which will however offer a solution to 50,000-70,000 ‘pisulei chitun’ (ineligible for marriage) but on the other hand, has not rejected the offer just yet. MK Stas Misezhnikov, who heads the party’s coalition negotiating team, views the Shas offer as considerable progress but adds he and his colleagues are seeking a solution for 320,000 ‘pisulei chitun’ and therefore, they cannot agree to the Shas offer at present. He does view Shas’ position however as a basis to enter into negotiations.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)