Haredim to Netanyahu: We'll quit coalition if you recognize Reform Jews

By ARIK BENDER
March 7, 2016 09:11

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a potential crisis on Monday that could bring down his government.

Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox coalition partners informed him that they will quit the government if it goes ahead and enacts any measures that would be interpreted as official state recognition of Reform Judaism.

The premier heard the threat first-hand during a meeting on Sunday with United Torah Judaism MKs Moshe Gafni and Yakov Litzman, Shas chairman Arye Deri, and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett.

Netanyahu's coalition rests on a razor-thin 61-seat majority, which means that the departure of one party is enough to put his rule in peril.


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