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Bibi, Bennett, Yair Talks Breakthrough: Shas Gets Boot

Likud and Jewish Home circles say they've reached an understanding Haredi recruitment at age 21, Shas will not get Interior and Housing Portfolios.
Jewish Home MK Mordechi Yogev whispering into Chairman Naftali Bennett's ear during a faction meeting in the Knesset.

Jewish Home MK Mordechi Yogev whispering into Chairman Naftali Bennett's ear during a faction meeting in the Knesset.
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After several weeks in which it seemed that the gaps between the sides in the coalition negotiations on burden equality could not be bridged, we’re now being told, according to Maariv, that a solution is near. Senior Likud negotiators said Tuesday night that they are close to an agreement with the Jewish Home over an outline for equal burden legislation. According to those sources, the Jewish Home team told them they are authorized to negotiate on behalf of Yesh Atid as well.

At this point, sources in both teams are saying they are close to an agreement, at least over the recruitment age for Haredim: 21. This figure is a kind of compromise between age proposed by the Likud-Beitenu: 24, and the Yesh Atid position: 18.

There were huge problems with the age 24 idea, which was, in essence, a Trojan horse pushed in by the Haredi parties through the Likud-Beitenu team. First, in terms of the recruit’s usefulness to the IDF, at 24 he is basically unavailable to combat duty. Also, by the time he is 24, the average Haredi man could be the proud father of several children, which entitles him to a significant military stipend. In other words: at 24 he is more trouble than he’s worth.

Also, the Jewish Home team was arguing that the same Supreme Court that killed the previous Tal Law on grounds of inequality will no doubt reject the age 24 idea on the same grounds. Even at age 21, the Haredi recruits are only expected to serve two years—which is very likely to be challenged in front of the court by anyone who didn’t make it into the government and isn’t Haredi.

Incidentally, according to Maariv, Jewish Home and Yesh Atid do not agree on the enlistment of another, much larger segment of the population, the Arabs, who have been just as useless to the community at large as the Haredim, but comprise 20-25% of the population, as opposed to the estimated Haredi 8%. While Jewish Home would like to see the Arabs shouldering the burden like the rest of Israel’s young men and women, Lapid’s party is not as shocked and anguished over Arab inequality, possibly because they like them more than they do Haredim.

One message is clear, for now: according to Jewish Home sources, the Likud-Beitenu team has given up on trying to split the Bennett-Lapid pact. This might mean that Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Avigdor Liberman’s worst nightmares could be realized over the next four years, namely that those two young, sassy winners will use their stay in power to push their respective parties to an even bigger share of the vote next time around.

On the other hands, when you’re in charge of actual government ministries, things can happen…

Finally, whether or not the next coalition will include Shas and Torah Judaism, the 17-seat strong Haredi block, it appears that their two “traditional” portfolios, Interior and Housing, Shas’s source of patronage jobs and huge influence over Israeli society, is lost to them, at least for now. It isn’t clear yet, however, whether those two rich portfolios will be given to Bennett’s party or kept in Likud-Beitenu’s embrace.

Being kept apart from its traditional lifeline could spell the beginning of the end for both sectarian Haredi parties, who’ll start losing followers to the broader-based Jewish Home. Coupled with the probable, at this point, appointment of National Religious Rabbi David Stav to Chief Rabbi, this could mean the beginning of a new golden age for Religious Zionism.

Put that in Obama’s pipe and let him smoke it.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “Bibi, Bennett, Yair Talks Breakthrough: Shas Gets Boot”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    "Put that in Obama’s pipe and let him smoke it."

    I happen to be a big supporter of President Obama. And while I pretty much stay out of Israeli politics, I will say from here in galut that ending charedi control over the Rabbinate and the Interior Ministry will help to bring diaspora Jews closer to Israel. Furthermore Rabbi Stav looks like he might be a great choice for Chief Rabbi. And I confess to being rather excited that a secular political party in Israel had both a Zionist rabbi and a Charedi rabbi elected to the Knesset on its list, and that a non-Orthodox female member of the same list drew on a lesson from the Talmud in her maiden Knesset speech. I suspect that many of my fellow diaspora supporters of Religious Zionism who support center-right politicians like Obama will feel the same way. May Israel's leaders make the right choices.

  2. Gary Dalin says:

    Obama is center right???? Ha ha ha ho ho. I thought Purim was over.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It makes perfect sense not to draft the Muslim Arabs in the Army. Christian Arabs perhaps. Druze already join. Giving military training to a hostile population which has taken up arms against you in 2 Intifadas alongside their West Bank brethren is suicidal. Forcing them into civilian service and to become productive taxpayers who pay for the military should be the goals- not teaching them familiarity with weaponry.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The sad part is the country will loose out so two ambitious rookie politicians can advance their careers. The Haredi draft which has been totally blown out of all proportion, whilst the secular majority who hate the Haredi more than they hate terrorists want them drafted the army itself does not. The army wants to become a leaner body and to save money they no longer want or need huge numbers of individuals and they don't want the Haredi because it will cost them a fortune to draft them, money the army would rather spend on equipment. Any coalition that doesn't include the religious, Bennet and Lapid will be lucky to last a year because a coalition where Likud is the only mainstream right wing party will collapse very quickly and that is assuming we don't have a second election because at the deadline for forming a coalition ends this week and he will need to get a two week extension from Peres and if after that extension he still doesn't have a coalition e will have an election which Lapid will almost certainly win and win big because tom opposition you can promise to be the messiah whilst the PM is making the hard choices which makes him very unpopular PREPARE FOR PRIME MINISTER LAPID.

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