Members of the hareidi-religious leadership in the Likud party sent a letter to Chairman Yehoshua Gross of the party's Central Election Committee asking him to make an immediate change in the date of elections for the party's presidium and its chairman. Gross announced, Monday morning, that the vote will be held a week from Tuesday, on June 25th, which is the 17th of Tammuz, a dawn-to-dusk fast that opens the "Three Weeks" mourning period leading up to the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple.
In the letter, the hareidi leadership said the fast would "not allow many members to participate in the democratic process of the elections and would seriously hurt their feelings." Ya'akov Wieder, a member of the hareidi leadership who is running for the chairmanship of the presidium, said it was a problem that could be solved very easily. The Central Elections Committee is studying the matter.