Likud and United Torah Judaism Meet


utj-yahdaus-hatorahThe coalition negotiation teams of the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) parties met this evening in Yerushalayim to discuss UTJ’s joining the government, after two weeks in which the sides had not met.

United Torah Judaism officials told Arutz Sheva before the meeting began that significant differences still exist between the parties and that the meeting will likely focus on mutual updates. The one unresolved issue that is keeping United Torah Judaism away from the coalition for now is the issue of army enlistment of yeshiva bochurim.

It is believed that today’s meeting with UTJ was arranged after Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman told media outlets that there have been no contacts between the Likud and his party for days, and that “other than a glass of water, we have not been offered anything.” Read more here.

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  1. From the Times of Israel:

    “United Torah Judaism officials have begun compiling a document of principles outlining the political concessions the party is willing to make in coalition talks, Maariv reported Tuesday.

    The party would support, for example, the evacuation of isolated settlements in the West Bank and agree to freeze construction in ones that are outside the main settlement blocs, and even vote for the cessation of settlement funding and commit to not expanding some of the large settlement blocs, in exchange for a continuation of the funding of yeshivas and religious schools and keeping the status quo regarding limited conscription of the ultra-Orthodox into the IDF”

    This is a Big chillul Hashem.