UTJ may back settlement freeze to protect yeshiva students

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February 17, 2013 21:21

 
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United Torah Judaism is currently considering whether or not to support an aggressive peace agenda, sources within the party told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

The move is likely a ploy by the ultra-Orthodox party to pressure the Bayit Yehudi party and its leader Naftali Bennet into scaling back its rhetoric on the issue of haredi enlistment.

During his inaugural Knesset speech last week, Bennett called on haredim to enlist, stating that military service was a religious obligation and that the ultra-Orthodox community must share the state’s economic and military burdens.

A UTJ official told the Post that the party was considering supporting a raft of measures such as a settlement freeze, the evacuation of unauthorized settlement outposts and the reopening of peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

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