Haredim give green light to draft law

Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel approves draft law which will be brought for approval by Ministerial Committee for Legislation.Chaim Lev, Monday, 12:19 AM

'There will be a compromise with the haredim'

PM Netanyahu meets Deputy Health Minister Litzman. Likud officials believe compromise can be reached on draft law.Michal Levy, 3/11/2018, 11:33 PM

PM meets with UTJ head in last-ditch effort to avoid elections

Following week abroad, Netanyahu meets with haredi lawmaker in effort to resolve coalition crisis, prevent government collapse.David Rosenberg, 3/11/2018, 8:51 PM

Haredi leaders reject compromise on Draft Law

Coalition crisis deepens as UTJ leaders reject compromise offered to end crisis over draft law.David Rosenberg, 3/11/2018, 5:51 PM

Netanyahu to hold meeting on draft law crisis

Prime Minister Netanyahu to convene meeting with haredi MKs in order to resolve the coalition crisis over the draft law.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 3/9/2018, 10:18 PM

'We will never surrender to haredi extortion'

Liberman rejects proposed Draft Law compromise aimed at ending coalition crisis, averting snap elections.David Rosenberg, 3/9/2018, 10:52 AM

'We won't support an agreement the court will strike down'

UTJ chairman says that, despite reports of a solution to coalition crisis, no official proposal has been presented to his faction.Hezki Baruch, 3/7/2018, 10:51 PM

Efforts to reach compromise on draft law continue

MK Uri Maklev accuses Likud of not trying to solve the crisis, as Netanyahu holds talks with ministers Levin and Liberman this evening.Nitsan Keidar, 3/5/2018, 3:05 AM

Netanyahu, haredi MKs weigh proposal to end coalition crisis

'We'll join a left-wing gov't if necessary', warn haredi leaders, as PM floats possible compromise to secure passage of budget, Draft Law.David Rosenberg, 3/1/2018, 10:56 PM

'Without the draft law - the coalition has no right to exist'

MK Uri Maklev explains that the haredi parties are united in their stance on the draft law.Hezki Baruch, 3/1/2018, 3:42 AM

'Death Penalty for Terrorists' bill passes first Knesset vote

Despite refusal of haredi MKs to join coalition for vote, bill making it easier for courts to condemn terrorists to death passes first vote.David Rosenberg, 1/3/2018, 4:52 PM

Haredi MK: I hate the Religious Zionist leadership

Chairman of Finance Committee Moshe Gafni blasts National Religious movement's leaders.David Rosenberg, 12/26/2017, 3:01 PM

End to coalition crisis? PM strikes deal with haredi parties

'Status quo' on religion and state to be formally adopted as law, compromises hammered out regarding businesses, soccer games on Sabbath.David Rosenberg, 11/26/2017, 10:41 PM

Coalition in crisis: PM cancels weekly meeting

After haredi minister resigns from gov't over Shabbat work, haredi MKs boycott weekly coalition meeting.David Rosenberg, 11/26/2017, 3:54 PM

Left-wing bloc gains majority in latest Knesset poll

For the first time since 2015 election, feft-wing, Arab bloc wins majority in Knesset poll. Shas remains dangerously close to threshold.David Rosenberg, 11/3/2017, 9:13 AM

Report: Haredi MKs to vote against 'Greater Jerusalem' bill

UTJ party reportedly opposed to bill expanding Jerusalem's municipal borders to include nearby towns in Judea and Samaria.David Rosenberg, 10/26/2017, 9:05 PM

MK Gafni: This is the best coalition for haredim

Knesset Finance Committee Chairman says current government succeeded in cancelling 'Lapid's decrees,' supports PM in face of investigations.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/19/2017, 9:32 PM

Chief Rabbi calls for law to bypass Supreme Court rulings

It is urgent to change this decision,' says Chief Rabbi after Court rules restaurants may declare themselves kosher - without certification.Tzvi Lev, 9/14/2017, 5:13 PM

'Time for a joint haredi list'

UTJ MK calls for Ashkenazi, Sefardi haredi parties to run on joint list, modeled after the Arab Joint List party.David Rosenberg, 8/23/2017, 9:04 AM

Haredi MK: No more Shabbat overtime pay

MK Yisrael Eichler wants to pass a law banning the state from paying more money to those that work on Shabbat.Tzvi Lev, 8/21/2017, 10:02 AM

'Supreme Court biased towards the Reform Movement'

MK Eichler calls High Court decision letting woman be rabbinical courts manager 'a missile in the anti-religious artillery."Tzvi Lev, 8/16/2017, 10:07 PM

'You cost us a Knesset seat'

Mudslinging within haredi UTJ party, as Health Minister slams Degel Hatorah faction for party losses.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/7/2017, 9:53 AM

Haredi party unveils plan for 'kosher' electricity on Shabbat

United Torah Judaism party submits proposal to use electricity on Shabbat without any Jewish labor.JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/6/2017, 7:17 PM

Gafni: Bennett makes an effort to treat us fairly

MK Moshe Gafni explains why he asked to postpone vote on Jewish Home's Jerusalem Law.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/10/2017, 6:05 AM

Haredi MK: I'd sit with an Arab - but not a Reform Jew

Finance Committe chairman blasts Reform movement's criticism of Conversion Law: 'Reform movement delegitimizes Judaism.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/29/2017, 10:14 PM

'Reform Jews, stay in America and don't interfere here'

Haredi MK praises PM's decision to freeze Western Wall plan, calls on Reform Jews to stay in US - and out of Israeli politics.Haim Lev, 6/27/2017, 12:58 PM

Government freezes pro-Reform Western Wall plan

Religious parties score win as plan to create mixed-gender prayer area at Western Wall for Reform Movement shelved.Hezki Baruch, 6/25/2017, 3:41 PM

Will haredim dismantle coalition?

Haredi factions threaten to leave government if Shabbat train infrastructure work continues.Mordechai Sones, 6/19/2017, 6:56 PM

Haredi parties: No to early elections

Shas, UTJ announce they will oppose any efforts to initiate early elections amid polling suggesting Yesh Atid would defeat Likud.Hezki Baruch, 3/26/2017, 8:00 PM

Poll: Ya'alon does not pass electoral threshold

Radio 103 survey reveals 'Yesh Atid' largest party, Likud immediately follows, Joint Arab List and Jewish Home tie for third place.Mordechai Sones, 3/22/2017, 1:16 PM

Kiryat Gat mayor: Haredim welcome - but we won't fund them

Mayor of Kiryat Gat welcomes planned haredi neighborhood, but emphasizes government will need to fund haredi public facilities.Haim Lev, 2/1/2017, 12:17 PM

UTJ pushes 'Kiddush Law' to permit nighttime alcohol sales

Proposal would permit sale of some alcoholic beverages at supermarkets even late at night.Haim Lev, 1/22/2017, 9:41 PM

Haredi MKs: No reason to do infrastructure work this Shabbat

After police announce road closures on Shabbat, Haredi MKs protest 'trampling' of Shabbat's honor.Hezki Baruch, 9/15/2016, 8:28 PM

Most Shabbat railway work cancelled

At the request of the haredi parties, 17 out of 20 railway infrastructure projects that were to be carried out on Shabbat are cancelled.Chaim Lev, 9/2/2016, 12:14 AM

Coalition crisis averted as Shabbat work on train lines limited

Netanyahu orders Shabbat work on train lines restricted to potentially life-threatening situations.Hezki Baruch, 8/26/2016, 10:48 AM

'Haredim are our allies, I won't betray them'

'The haredi public is right-wing,' says Bennett. 'We have a firm, lasting alliance with them.'Haim Lev, 8/25/2016, 1:51 PM

Jewish Home demands haredi party condemn 'execution' caricature

Activists demand Health Minister Litzman condemn offensive caricature portraying Deputy Defense Minister executing yeshiva students.Ido Ben Porat, 8/24/2016, 10:48 PM

Poll: Coalition up, opposition down as Labor plummets

Labor drops 8 mandates in latest poll, while Jewish Home, Yesh Atid surge.David Rosenberg, 8/11/2016, 12:28 PM

Core Curriculum Law cancelled

A controversial counter-law now allows all Israeli schools - including haredi ones - to drop core subjects.Rachel Kaplan, 8/2/2016, 8:16 AM

Haredi party trumps Labor in latest poll, Yesh Atid ties Likud

Jewish Home, United Torah Judaism surge past Zionist Union, Yesh Atid pulls into statistical dead-heat with Likud.David Rosenberg, 7/24/2016, 2:51 PM

Health Minister: 'I didn't consult rabbi over marijuana reform'

Litzman defends medical marijuana policy, slams Reform movement. 'Netanyahu needs to know that its us or them - he can't have both'.Rachel Kaplan, 6/28/2016, 12:44 PM

Government approves increased yeshiva funding

The yeshiva budget will return to its pre-2013 level, set before Lapid became Finance Minister in previous government.Ben Shaul, 6/19/2016, 6:30 PM

'Liberman as Defense Minister would be a disaster for haredim'

Haredi parties nervous Liberman would use position to push for tougher measures against yeshiva students avoiding the draft.David Rosenberg, 5/18/2016, 8:58 PM

Gafni: Don't badmouth Shas, we might run with them next time

Haredi split? Degel HaTorah MKs consider breaking up UTJ party, joint run with Shas.David Rosenberg, 5/12/2016, 8:07 AM

Haredi MK: I want Jewish Home out of the coalition and Herzog in

Finance Committee chair blasts fellow UTJ MK for ties to Jewish Home.Michal Levi, 5/11/2016, 9:39 PM

MK Eichler: Netanyahu was bought by Reform Jews

Haredi MK accuses 'most senior politician,' other ministers of having been bribed by Reform Jews in US; 'this is buying the government.'Michal Levy, 2/28/2016, 9:59 PM

Haredi UTJ 'Not Ideologically Opposed' to Pledging Loyalty

MK Eichler says Torah council to rule on Supreme Court demand for full ministership, but party never had 'ideology' against it.Chaim Lev, 8/24/2015, 11:26 AM

Haredi Split? United Torah Judaism In-Fighting Turns Spiteful

Agudat Yisrael tries to block Norwegian bill as 'revenge' for Degel HaTorah MK's attempt to be elected to Judicial Selection Committee.Haim Lev, 7/19/2015, 2:09 PM

Litzman: Anyone Can Join the Coalition - Except Lapid

United Torah Judaism MK welcomes expansion of government to more than 61 MKs, unless it's Yesh Atid that joins.Haim Lev and Elad Benari, 5/13/2015, 4:13 AM

A-G Expected to Challenge Coalition for Technical Reasons

Likud's deals with UTJ, Jewish Home violated Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's guidelines for coalition talks, news site claims.Tova Dvorin, 5/10/2015, 10:31 AM

United Torah Judaism Supports Unity Government

Haredi party, like Shas, believes Labor joining coalition will help stabilize government, further social causes.Tova Dvorin, 5/5/2015, 3:01 PM

Lapid Threatens Netanyahu with High Court Petition

If Netanyahu refuses to appoint health miniter, leaving minsitry in hands of UTJ, Lapid threatened, Yesh Atid will turn to High Court.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 5/3/2015, 7:53 AM

Haredi Party, Left United Over Child Allowance Increase

Prof. Yossi Yonah of Labor praises child allowance raise, says it will lift Israel higher on OECD list.Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 4/30/2015, 9:47 PM

Child Allowances to Increase As Part of UTJ Deal

Cash-strapped parents to receive nearly double the current monthly child allowance rate in 2016. UTJ: It's a good deal.Tova Dvorin, 4/30/2015, 8:36 PM

Lapid Blasts Coalition Agreement with UTJ

Yesh Atid chairman says Netanyahu caved in to the demands of "a non-Zionist party" in coalition agreement with United Torah Judaism.Ben Ariel, 4/29/2015, 4:46 AM

Report: Likud and United Torah Judaism Deal On the Rocks

UTJ source tells Arutz Sheva that Likud has retracted prior agreements to repeal criminal sanctions from Enlistment Law.Haim Lev, Cynthia Blank, 4/19/2015, 7:46 AM

Moses: With Kahlon its 'Tools' But Us 'Blackmail'

MK Menachem Moses speaks out about near finished coalition deal between UTJ, Likud, shoos away naysayers.Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Cynthia Blank, 4/13/2015, 6:24 PM