The Agudas Yisrael announced that it will change a statute in its platform permitting only men from running for political office.
The decision comes after the High Court of Justice ordered them to change the offending statue by September 2.
But the party reassured that taking out the word “male” from its platform would not change the reality on the ground.
“Since our position of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah has not changed and every candidate for membership in the party is required to commit itself to fulfill the decisions of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, changing the articles of association will not lead to any change in the actual situation with regard to accepting the party,” said Agudas Yisrael.
The original platform said that potential candidates had to be “a Jewish male aged 18 and over who is a Torah observant and identifies with Agudas Israel and its goals … submits itself to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Israel and accepts its authority.”
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