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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 

If Haredi parties veer more to the left, maybe they shouldn't be in the next coalition

Coalition chairman Zev Elkin has suggested recently that the Haredi parties won't be in the next Israeli government coalition, because of their incompatible policies like not serving in the army, something that they still maintain as a belief, even as more Haredis do begin to serve. Elkin explains:
"The haredi parties are not going with our bloc,” Elkin said. “For a long time I have been saying that there is no such thing as a right-wing bloc in this election unlike the last election, because the haredi parties are saying they will go with the bloc that will help them settle the problem of exemptions from the IDF.”

Elkin said the working assumption of the haredim was that the Left was more likely to solve the problem of haredi conscription to their benefit. He said such an assumption had been proven correct historically.

“When the haredim joined left-wing governments, they dealt with matters of religion and state quicker, easier and quieter,” Elkin said.

Another Likud official suggested it had become less likely Shas would be in the next coalition because Arye Deri, who joined the party's leadership triumvirate, had publicly insulted Netanyahu and his wife Sara.
Shame on him for that. I think there's a lot to suggest that the Labor party, when and while in charge, led to a lot of problems we had involving Haredis who don't enlist in the army or live on welfare and do little beyond yeshiva studies to contribute to Israel's work force. In fact, Egged started pandering to them with sex-segregated buses during the time the Labor party was in charge in the mid 90s.

And if Shas and United Torah Judaism are going to continue with their opposition to military service for Haredi citizens, among other problematic policies, then honestly, I think we could do without them in the government, at least directly. It must be made clear to them that they can't abuse taxpayers' money anymore either at the public's expense. Once they understand this, they can be in the coalition without too many concerns.

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