New haredi party emerges amid factional discontent

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.
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