Orthodox Jews are in a panic. In an open letter, the Council of Top Torah Scholars has called on Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party not to form a coalition covenant left-wing Jewish parties under any circumstances. “How can you consider yourself to be believing Jews,” the rabbis reproached. “Should a government coalition like this come about, it is an affront to heaven, a bitter and grave sin. This is an evil government and anyone who contributes to the formation of such a government has no share or inheritance with the God of Israel in heaven.”
Orthodox rabbis and Knesset Members say that Arab MK Mansour Abbas, a Muslim, is likely to be the most religious person in the new so-called “coalition of change,” referring to the end of Netanyahu’s reign if they manage to pull together a majority. The reason? All the other Jews in the coalition are not pious enough, from their point of view, and they do not want to cooperate with “secular” Jews.
The Orthodox parties were initially of the opinion that “the...
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