Haredim Boycott Final Cabinet Meeting
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outgoing government held its last cabinet meeting Sunday – without four haredi cabinet ministers.
All four, members of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, apparently boycotted the meeting because Shas and the other haredi political party, the Ashkenazi United Torah Judaism (UTJ), have so far been left out of Netanyahu’s new governing coalition, which should take power at the end of the week.
Saturday night, outgoing Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who co-heads the Shas party, blasted Netanyahu, accusing him and his new coalition partners of “boycotting” haredim.
Approximately 80% of Israelis want haredi yeshiva students to be drafted into Israel’s military.
Netanyahu’s new coalition partners, the Yesh Atid and HaBayit Hayehudi parties, both want haredim to be drafted, and Yesh Atid made the haredi draft a cornerstone of its campaign. Yesh Atid alone won more Knesset mandates than all haredi parties combined.