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Israel's ultra-Orthodox Politicians, It's You Who Should Take Off Your Kippa

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10.06.2021

A government of change is a nice name, as is a government of repair, healing, mending. It would seem, naturally, that these names refer to Benjamin Netanyahu, his rule and the political culture he instilled here, to the destruction he sowed. After all, this is the essence of the coalition that formed against him (Just Not Bibi).

But this week, we received a sharp reminder of what this government, to be sworn in next Sunday (Hashem and Allah willing) is about. It will be a government without the ultra-Orthodox. That is the real change, the repair and the healing, no less than a government without Netanyahu, as hard as this is to believe.

But the truth is, these two things go hand in hand. For a long time now it’s been impossible to untether Netanyahu from the Haredim, which is why they’re fated to sink together, hand in hand.

I watched Yaakov Litzman, Arye Dery and Moshe Gafni this week, running wild, vilifying the nascent government. It was a horrific performance, carried out at the behest of........

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