MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The haredi parties may prefer to join a coalition with Kadima rather than Likud
in the next election in an effort to prevent anti-haredi incitement, Knesset
Finance Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) told Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday.
Gafni told Netanyahu he was angry
that Likud and the other right-wing parties in the coalition were not taking
action to quell the anti-haredi atmosphere following a spate of incidents
involving haredi extremists.
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“We are having more and more thoughts about
rethinking our cooperation with the Right, because when there are attacks on the
haredim, the Right joins the wave instead of checking the facts and defending
us,” a source close to Gafni said. “When we were part of a Kadima-led government, they
defended us better and enabled us to pass laws we can’t pass now.”
protested recent public statements by Netanyahu he interpreted as anti-haredi.
He suggested the haredim were getting bad press because they are part of the
coalition of Netanyahu, who has been targeted by left-leaning
His associates said that in recent years, leading haredi
rabbis have always advised UTJ to join a government led by the Right because
rightists tend to be closer to their religion than leftists. But they said that
following the next election, Gafni may instead recommend joining a left-wing
government that would have the support of the elites and the
Coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said he agreed the haredi
parties received more from left-wing governments, because they don’t get attacked
as much by the press as coalitions led by the Right. But he expressed
hope the haredim would retain their bond with the Right.
dictate to haredim what coalition to join, but the views of the haredim tend to
be right-wing and when the anti-haredi Tzipi Livni heads Kadima, they don’t
really have a choice,” Elkin said.