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Friday, August 23, 2013 

UTJ allies with Meretz

In a move vaguely similar to Shas's partnership in the government with Meretz in 1992, now United Torah Judaism is allying itself with the leftist party:
Many political commentators and activists have wondered at the alliance between the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party and Yesh Atid. Now MKs have revealed an alliance that, on the surface of things, may seem even more unlikely: strong ties between the hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (United Torah Judaism) faction and the left-wing, secularist Meretz party.

Yahadut Hatorah head MK Moshe Gafni and Meretz head MK Zahava Gal-On recently spoke to Al-Monitor about the alliance.

The Yahadut Hatorah-Meretz partnership had a real effect on the national budget, Gafni said. “Many things changed, thanks to our joint struggle on the budget. The initial plan was much more draconian,” he explained.

[...] The alliance is not limited to the budget, he added, “It’s true that we have disagreements on the topic of religion and state, but besides that there is hardly anything. It could be that in Meretz they are extreme about the diplomatic process, and I am less so. But I am not the Likud Party… I support a diplomatic process. We are not the right.”
He's correct in a way - they're not on the right, and ironically more to the left because the kind of budgets they want for their community relate to the socialist structure they believe in for the Haredi community. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's why Meretz joined forces with them too: because even they have that kind of belief system.

The UTJ-Meretz alliance is something that should be cause for concern, just like the alliance Shas had with Meretz 2 decades ago.

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