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Friday, March 08, 2013 

Haredi parties turning more to the left

Looks like this item has more valid concerns than previously thought. Now, they're signaling they'll support the left in revenge, and trying to sound as though it's all the entire right's fault:
"Until now, we aligned ourselves in the coalition only with the Right, but that is over," MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) told Israel Hayom on Wednesday. "It is all about to change. Now we are supporting [Labor Chairwoman] Shelly Yachimovich, and in all honesty, our views are much closer to hers than to Orit Struck [of Habayit Hayehudi]."

Former Shas MK Shlomo Benizri also came out against Habayit Hayehudi on Wednesday, telling haredi radio station Kol Barama, "They [Habayit Hayehudi] are simply pushing the haredim directly into the arms of the Left. I hope they understand the implications of what they are doing right now."
In other words, if the Likud doesn't welcome them into the coalition and fulfill their ludicrous demands, they'll turn against not merely the party, but also the entire electorate who's already fed up with them and their uppity grandstanding. And, they make reprehensible threats to bring disaster upon everyone by taking steps that could hurt the "settlements" they never even stood behind to begin with because they were never truly dedicated to building this country, but rather, living in a vacuum. Some Torah scholars they are.

In related news, Likud and Yesh Atid have agreed that even Haredi schools need to teach core curriculum like math:
One issue that has been finalized in conversations between the negotiations teams of Likud and Yesh Atid is that of enforcing the teaching of core subjects such as English and math in all state-funded schools, notably ultra-Orthodox institutions that have thus far avoided these subjects, Maariv reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beytenu party and Lapid’s Yesh Atid agreed that core subjects would be in the curriculum of all Israeli schools, the report said.

Subjects such as math and English have been largely ignored by ultra-Orthodox educational institutions, even those funded by the state. As such, they have been at the center of numerous debates regarding the allocation of state funds — a matter heavily addressed in the election platform of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.
Let's hope they follow through on that standing. And the Haredi reps had better behave themselves and not act vindictive if funds are withdrawn from schools that don't comply.

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