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Bayit Yehudi MKs Demand Timetables for Yeshiva Budgets

Ahead of a faction meeting, MKs say this time they will not be content with promises.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/29/2013, 10:57 AM

Bayit Yehudi's Moti Yogev, R. Ben Dahan
Bayit Yehudi's Moti Yogev, R. Ben Dahan
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Bayit Yehudi party is holding a study day Thursday for the faction's MKs, with the purpose of delving in some depth into issues on the current agenda. The MKs are expected to discuss a variety of subjects that concern the religious Zionist public, including municipal elections in Jerusalem, the political pact with Yesh Atid, the way the party has handled itself generally in the last six months, and the failure to elect a Zionist chief rabbi.

Two additional subjects at the center of discussion are the bill that is to regulate hareidi military service, and the deep cuts in yeshiva budgets, including Zionist ones.

The MKs will hear analyses from the deputy editor of Makor Rishon newspaper, Uri Elitzur; from Uzi Arad, the former national security advisor, and from Anat Roth, who will discuss the eviction from Gush Katif.

Several MKs told Arutz Sheva that they will demand clear answers regarding the yeshiva budget cuts. “We have been very silent on the issue until now,” they said, “but we will no longer accept promises. We will want to receive timetables and goals.”

Regarding elections in Jerusalem and the dispute over the personal makeup of the list, an MK said: “It is wrong for the Bayit Yehudi to impose candiates from above. The public must be given the opportunity to select the candidate it wants in its city. We are a democratic party.”