Shas steady; UTJ hails gains

The surprise in the haredi sector was United Torah Judaism, with about six mandates.

March 29, 2006 02:00


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 experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • 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


Shas activists who gathered in Jerusalem's Knesset Towers Hotel reacted coolly to exit polls that gave the party about 11 mandates - no change from the previous Knesset. The surprise in the haredi sector was United Torah Judaism, with about six mandates - one more than in the previous Knesset. One poll by Reshet Bet gave UTJ eight mandates. MK Avraham Ravitz, No. 2 on the UTJ list, said the rise was a result of increased support among non-haredi voters. Haredi political commentators Yossi Elituv of Mishpacha and Ya'acov Rivlin of Bekehila said the Shas results were especially disappointing considering the low voter turnout, which should have helped Shas, which is supported by a hard-core group of supporters that exhibits higher than average voting percentages. However, other haredi commentators, such as Yitzhak Nachshoni, said that Shas's ability to maintain its constituency throughout three years in the opposition was impressive. Most commentators expected a Shas-UTJ bloc to be a part of any coalition. Both haredi parties could support territorial compromise within the framework of a peace agreement.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town