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March 14, 2013

Will The New Israeli Government Really Be Haredi-Free?

Haredi-free logoWill the new Israeli government really be haredi-free? A few hours can be an eternity in Israeli politics, but if this morning’s news holds, it will be.

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Will The New Israel Government Really Be Haredi-Free?
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Will the new Israeli government really be haredi-free?

A few hours can be an eternity in Israeli politics, but if this morning’s news holds, it will be.

Ynet reports that a spokeswoman for the Likud party confirmed today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal to form a new coalition government with the centrist Yesh Atid party, the right wing Zionist Orthodox Habayit Hayehudi party, Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party, and Kadima.

Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu list has 31 seats, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid has 19, Naftali Bennett’s HaBayit HaYehudi has 12, Livni’s Hatnua has 6 and her former party, Kadima, has 2. The coalition will therefore have 70 out of 120 Knesset seats.

The agreement is expected to be signed later today.

The new government will likely to take office next week.

"The sides are displaying a lot of leadership and determination. We will have a good government. I envision a government with a historic opportunity, and I am very optimistic,” HaBayit Hayehudi’s Bennett told reporters outside his home this morning.

Yesh Atid’s Lapid told his Facebook readers that he was reserving comment until the agreement is signed.

Netanyahu was forced to accept Lapid's demand for a smaller government that will include no more than 22 cabinet ministers. Lapid and Bennett also reportedly forced Netanyahu to agree to draft haredim and to agree to enforce the law that mandates that all schools receiving government funding teach the country’s core curriculum. This would finally force haredi yeshivas to teach subjects like math, civics and science.

The haredi parties were not included in the coalition because they refused to compromise on any of those issues.

The new government reportedly intends to shorten the term of compulsory army service for men from three years down to two. Soldiers who opt to stay in the IDF for a third year will receive minimum wage and a grant for future academic studies.

Each year, 1,800 "diligent" haredi yeshiva students will be eligible to receive a special grant that excludes them from military service, but if they stop full time yeshiva study before turning 27-years-old, they will be fined. The rest of the haredim 21-years old and below will have the option of deferring their military service for a brief time to continue their yeshiva studies. After that time period ends, they will have to serve in the IDF or in a non-military national service option.

The deal also calls for enacting laws that will change the system of government. The proposed laws ensure that:

    • The 34th government will consist of 18 ministers and four deputy ministers,

    • There will be no ministers-without portfolio,

    • The electoral threshold for a party to win Knesset seats will be raised from 2% to 4% of the total votes cast,

    • Only 65 MKs, rather than a simple majority, will be able to topple a government,

    • MKs who will split from their political party will not be eligible for funds allocated to political parties.

Yesh Atid sources also reportedly told Ynet that the coalition deal also calls for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians and increasing financial support to Holocaust survivors.

Yesh Atid will get the Education Ministry portfolio but not the Interior Ministry. HaBayit HaYehudi will receive the powerful Knesset Finance Committee. Likud will have an extra deputy minister and its previous agreement with Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party remains in place.


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Very glad to see that the Education portfolio was assigned to Modern Dati-Leumi Rabbi Shai Piron, the number 2 member of Yesh Atid. Israel's educational system should instill Jewish literacy and pride without being coercive toward one derech.

> The electoral threshold for a party to win Knesset seats will be raised from 2% to 4% of the total votes cast,

This is easily the biggest detail on the list. It could wipe out lots of the smaller parties and bring much more stability after the next election. Does anyone have an idea what this knesset would have looked like if the 4% rule was already in place?

@Garnel Ironheart

United Arab List–Ta'al, Hadash, Balad and Kadima would all be on the outside looking in. Unsure where their seats would have landed.

There are two motives for this government formation: 1. To have a government when Obama arrives, 2. Survival, because anything else would lead to new elections and Likud would go down the drain.

Bibi is scared of cutting off the Haredim. Bennet is going to continue to funnel funds to Shas until Shas rabbis vote in a Zionist Chief Rabbi. Lapid takes the finance minstry, so that he'll have to take very seriously the ramifications of cutting the Haredim off too quickly. Bennet is the brains, and he guarantees both sides that if they listen to him he'll cut them off by just the right amount but not too much: There won't be an internal Haredi economic collapse, and Lapid can save grace at the end of his term (by not having the economy go totally down the drain).

Getting the Haredim back on board once Bennet begins working his wizardry of financial ballance and pleaseing the majority of voters, there will be little chance of turning back.

In the case this government survives, one thing is sure: The left is going to be filled with hate and rage towards it more than ever. Lapid will be (and he's totally capable of being) part of the farthest right-wing governments in the history of the country. Livni as well.

Left vs. Right isn't much of an issue this election. I highly doubt Bibi will change his foreign policy much between this government and the last.

The major change is the that Health, Housing, Education, and Immigrant Absorption Ministries will be under non-Haredi control. The ramifications for religious freedom will be significant.

"Will The New Israel Government Really Be Haredi-Free?

oh golly gee i hope so.

Does the sound of this have a familiarity or similarity to ”Judenrein”? Just thinking aloud…

""Does the sound of this have a familiarity or similarity to ”Judenrein”? Just thinking aloud…

Posted by: shosh ""

no, not at all. are you always this confused? just typing silently....

"Will The New Israeli Government Really Be Haredi-Free?"

אם ירצה השם, כן

> Posted by: shosh | March 14, 2013 at 03:23 PM

No. Opposing the Haredi isn't anti-Semitic. The Haredi engage in the worst sort of chillul Hashem -- exploiting halacha to their own advantage while ignoring basic moral principles of religion. Jews as a whole will benefit from getting them out of government.

To me, it sounds more like "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead."

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