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  3/8/2013, Adar 26, 5773

Report: UTJ Refused to Enter Government Without Shas


Sources in the Sephardic hareidi-religious Shas party said, Thursday, that members of the Ashkenazic hareidi United Torah Judaism (UTJ) faction were offered an opportunity to enter the government without Shas during the past two days but rejected the offer outright, according to a Friday morning report by the Yisrael Hayom daily.

The both-or-none approach has been prominent in the coalition talks of Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party). On Thursday, UTJ Member of Knesset Ya'akov Litzman cited Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi for allying himself with Chairman Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid - who is outspoken in his opposition to funding for hareidi institutions and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) - and not with the hareidi parties.