Porush resigns as UTJ MK, will remain deputy minister

Move allows former MK Yaakov Asher of Degel Hatorah faction to return to Knesset.

By
May 23, 2016 08:40
1 minute read.
Carl Magnus Nesser

Swedish Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser (left) and Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (second left) at the Swedish National Day reception.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Following months of severe tensions within United Torah Judaism, Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush finally stepped down as an MK on Sunday, submitting his resignation to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, to allow Yaakov Asher, a former MK, to take up his seat in the legislature.

The UTJ Knesset faction is comprised of Agudat Yisrael, representing the hassidic Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox community, and Degel Hatorah, representing the non-hassidic “Lithuanian” Ashkenazi community.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Agudah currently has four MKs (including Porush), while Degel has just two. Following Porush’s resignation each will have three seats.

The so-called “Norwegian Law,” passed last July, was supposed to see Porush swiftly resign as an MK, while retaining his deputy-ministerial role, to allow Asher (Degel Hatorah) to gain his seat.

For many months after the law was passed, however, Agudah refused to sanction the process and, according to Degel, made numerous demands of Degel in return for Porush stepping down.

The feud over Knesset seats led to bitter recriminations within UTJ, with Degel and Agudah warring over the rights to various other state positions, such as committee memberships, and publicly berating their opponents.

Late Saturday night, Porush’s office said the deputy- minister had met several times in recent weeks with David Shapira, grandson and senior adviser to the leader of the non-hassidic Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox community Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman in order to formulate an agreement.



The deal between the two is based on an agreement between Degel Hatorah and Shlomei Emunim, the grouping of small hassidic groups represented in the Knesset by Porush, regarding various positions within the Independent Education ultra-Orthodox schools network.

“They discussed the heightened tensions that have taken hold of late, and made efforts to reach agreements on different issues currently on the agenda of the haredi public in order to ease the strained relations,” Porush’s office said.

Related Content

 Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv
July 22, 2018
LGBT campaign snowballs as hundreds of companies support nationwide strike

By TAMARA ZIEVE