Ultra-Orthodox party leaders Aryeh Deri and Yitzchak Goldknopf met on Friday to discuss cooperation between their two parties, as they prepare to enter negotiations to join a prospective right-wing religious coalition under Benjamin Netanyahu.

Goldknopf, chair of the Ashkenazi United Torah Judaism met Deri, head of the Sephardic Shas at the latter’s home in Jerusalem, a UTJ statement said. The parties agreed to cooperate for the benefit of vulnerable communities and the preservation of Jewish identity in the State of Israel.

According to the Srugim news site, the two also praised the success of their parties at the election. Shas won 11 seats at the November 1 vote, while UTJ won seven seats.

The ultra-Orthodox parties are loyal to former prime minister Netanyahu — who staged a stunning comeback — and will likely play an important role in his expected coalition.

Netanyahu’s bloc of parties — Likud, Religious Zionism, Shas, and UTJ — will control 64 seats in the Knesset, while those parties who made up the outgoing government control 51 seats, as Hadash-Ta’al vowed to join neither side.

US Ambassador Tom Nides tweeted on Friday that he called to congratulate Deri on his result, adding he was looking forward “to working with him on maintaining our unbreakable ties.”

The ultra-Orthodox parties were left out of the current diverse coalition, and have accused it of harming the Jewish identity of the state, as well as enacting reforms that targeted subsidies given to the ultra-Orthodox communities.

The outgoing government enacted reforms to the Kashrut certification process and imposed work conditions for child-care subsidies.

The outgoing government raised taxes significantly on plastic tableware and soft drinks, which are widely used and consumed in the ultra-Orthodox community, leading to the accusations.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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Ultra-Orthodox party leaders Aryeh Deri and Yitzchak Goldknopf met on Friday to discuss cooperation between their two parties, as they prepare to enter negotiations to join a prospective right-wing religious coalition under Benjamin Netanyahu.

Goldknopf, chair of the Ashkenazi United Torah Judaism met Deri, head of the Sephardic Shas at the latter’s home in Jerusalem, a UTJ statement said. The parties agreed to cooperate for the benefit of vulnerable communities and the preservation of Jewish identity in the State of Israel.

According to the Srugim news site, the two also praised the success of their parties at the election. Shas won 11 seats at the November 1 vote, while UTJ won seven seats.

The ultra-Orthodox parties are........

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