The political discontent within the haredi community – felt since the
announcement of elections earlier this month – refuses to die down, with a rebel
breakaway group threatening to challenge United Torah Judaism for the
traditional haredi vote.
Tensions have surrounded the decision by the
Degel Hatorah nonhassidic political faction of UTJ not to include Menahem Carmel
– a rabbi, businessman and former UTJ Knesset candidate – on its electoral list
for the coming elections.