News and updates about UTJ

Haredi Draft:

Granddaughters of haredi MKs enlist in the IDF

Two granddaughters of two MKs from the party most strongly against the drafting of haredim are serving at a military base in the center of the country, where they are working on intelligence projects.

Granddaughters of haredi MKs enlist in the IDF

Deputy Minister helps Druze restaurant go kosher

Asma, IDF widow and restaurant owner, thanked the haredi deputy minister for helping make her restaurant kosher.

Deputy Minister helps Druze restaurant go kosher

UTJ faction demands representatives in religious tribunals

The Agudat Yisrael faction of UTJ demands the upcoming selection of religious judges include representatives from their community.

UTJ faction demands representatives in religious tribunals

Haredi minister threatens:

Judicial reform won't advance until Draft Law passes

Min. Yitzhak Goldknopf, head of United Torah Judaism, warns, 'Netanyahu made a commitment to pass Draft Law - he needs to fulfill it.'

Judicial reform won't advance until Draft Law passes

Smotrich demands UTJ MK retract anti-Zionist remarks

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich lashed out at a UTJ MK who claimed that 'the Zionists didn't prevent the Holocaust'.

Smotrich demands UTJ MK retract anti-Zionist remarks

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Two schools to participate in initial pilot program, as agreement expected to expand to include all Belz schools and their 9,000 students.

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Shas chief: UTJ liable to harm Draft Law approval

MK Aryeh Deri warns 'unnecessary words' by United Torah Judaism liable to hurt ability to pass Draft Law.

Shas chief: UTJ liable to harm Draft Law approval

Cabinet Secretary:

'We will push draft exemtion that's immune to judicial review'

Yossi Fuchs says Draft Bill will be advanced at the beginning of the winter session and will include an exemption for Torah students.

'We will push draft exemtion that's immune to judicial review'

UTJ MK: 'Does any other community lose power in a heat wave?'

MK Moshe Roth demands a solution for the repeated power outages that have been striking Haredi neighborhoods.

UTJ MK: 'Does any other community lose power in a heat wave?'

Haredi newspaper:

'We joined to promote the Draft Law, not the reform'

Hamodia newspaper says bill to pass Basic Law: Torah Study was submitted 10 days ago. 'The timing is not ours.'

'We joined to promote the Draft Law, not the reform'

Haredi faction submits bill to pass Torah Study law

Likud party clarifies: Bill submitted by Agudat Yisrael will not be promoted by the coalition.

Haredi faction submits bill to pass Torah Study law

Haredi party official:

'Shas chief is influencing United Torah Judaism'

Senior source in haredi UTJ party claims Shas chief Aryeh Deri is working to convince UTJ's Moshe Gafni to drop support for judicial reform.

'Shas chief is influencing United Torah Judaism'

UTJ MK: 'I spoke against the LGBT movement, not any one person'

MK Yitzhak Pindrus explains his declaration that the LGBT movement is 'the most dangerous thing facing Israel today."

UTJ MK: 'I spoke against the LGBT movement, not any one person'

UTJ MK:

'You made the haredim out to be a fifth column'

MK Yaakov Asher explained why in his opinion, the haredim must be included in the Racism Law.

'You made the haredim out to be a fifth column'

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

Prime Minister Netanyahu has called together the heads of the haredi parties as the haredi draft exemption nears expiration.

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

Coalition reaches deal with haredi lawmakers for state budget

UTJ, Likud agree to compromise on funding for the haredi sector, paving way for passage of state budget.

Coalition reaches deal with haredi lawmakers for state budget

Revealed:

Bennett, Lapid, Liberman offered NIS 1 billion to haredim

Previous government negotiated with UTJ MKs in attempt to secure their support for the State budget.

Bennett, Lapid, Liberman offered NIS 1 billion to haredim

Due to families' objection:

Ministers will not attend Memorial Day ceremonies

Several ministers announced they would not attend Memorial Day ceremonies after some bereaved families protested their presence.

Ministers will not attend Memorial Day ceremonies

Death for terrorists?

UTJ to vote 'against' for reasons rooted in Jewish Law

'A future government could extend the principle to Jewish terrorists who kill Arabs,' sources within the haredi party explain.

UTJ to vote 'against' for reasons rooted in Jewish Law

UTJ to Netanyahu:

'We'll leave the coalition if you don't pass judicial reform'

Were backroom deals between Yesh Atid & Likud responsible for delaying crucial committee vote?

'We'll leave the coalition if you don't pass judicial reform'

UTJ deputy minister assists accident victims

After a car flipped over on Route 4, Deputy Minister MK Uri Maklev exited his vehicle to assist the victims.

UTJ deputy minister assists accident victims

UTJ:

Three-way rotation for the position of Knesset faction chairman

Gafni announces rotation between MKs Yitzhak Pindrus, Yaakov Asher and Eliyahu Baruchi.

Three-way rotation for the position of Knesset faction chairman

UTJ MK:

'We are the only ones looking out for the haredi public'

MK Yitzhak Pindrus tells INN that the ongoing attacks against the haredim are nothing but fake news.

'We are the only ones looking out for the haredi public'

Gafni warns UTJ could break up over perceived betrayal

Degal HaTorah chairman accuses UTJ chairman Yitzhak Goldknopf of being "unfriendly" in signing coalition agreement without informing him.

Gafni warns UTJ could break up over perceived betrayal

Tension in Haredi Party:

Degel Hatorah faction attacks Agudat Yisrael head

A source in Degel Hatorah says his faction's head Moshe Gafni is leading the fight alone and doesn't represent the rest of the faction.

Degel Hatorah faction attacks Agudat Yisrael head

UTJ Coalition Agreement: Basic Law on Torah study

United Torah Judaism to be given veto power on matters of religion and state in 100-section agreement.

UTJ Coalition Agreement: Basic Law on Torah study

Coalition breakthrough:

Netanyahu commits to amending Law of Return by April

Less than a third of recent immigrants from Eastern Europe are Jewish, many of the non-Jews take their benefits and leave.

Netanyahu commits to amending Law of Return by April

Lod Mayor: Haredim are right on issue of electricity on Shabbat

"We need storage facilities for power back-up," Mayor Revivo argues.

Lod Mayor: Haredim are right on issue of electricity on Shabbat

Likud, UTJ agree: No electricity generated on Shabbat

Coalition agreement includes affirmative action for haredim in govt, more separate beaches for men and women.

Likud, UTJ agree: No electricity generated on Shabbat

Likud, UTJ at odds over emergency road to haredi hospital

UTJ demands coalition agreement include building of access road to Mayanei Hayeshua to prevent ambulances from being stuck in traffic.

Likud, UTJ at odds over emergency road to haredi hospital

Haredi faction demands: Draft Law before coalition agreements

Right-religious parties all demand legislation of specific laws before formation of new government.

Haredi faction demands: Draft Law before coalition agreements

Rift between would-be coalition partners deepens

United Torah Judaism party fumes after Likud splits Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry, handing one half to Otzma Yehudit.

Rift between would-be coalition partners deepens

United Torah Judaism:

'We won't sign without detailed agreement on religion and state'

UTJ party clarifies: 'We're not seeking jobs, we won't sign a coalition agreement without reaching agreement on issues of religion & state.'

'We won't sign without detailed agreement on religion and state'

Haredi party demands metro in Bnei Brak

United Torah Judaism demands subway run through Bnei Brak, insists that status quo for Sabbath observance be maintained.

Haredi party demands metro in Bnei Brak

Haredi MK: 'Likud not treating us as partners'

MK Meir Porush accuses Likud party of dragging its feet, not treating United Torah Judaism as partners.

Haredi MK: 'Likud not treating us as partners'

'Divide and conquer?' Haredi MK fumes

United Torah Judaism's MK Moshe Gafni fumes as Likud schedules separate meeting with Gafni's partner, MK Yitzhak Goldknopf.

'Divide and conquer?' Haredi MK fumes

Report:

After deal with Otzma, Likud on verge of agreement with UTJ

Likud achieves breakthrough with UTJ, expects deal to be signed with Shas early next week, with coalition to be presented day or two later.

After deal with Otzma, Likud on verge of agreement with UTJ

UTJ, Religious Zionism demand:

Anchor gender-based separation in law as not discriminatory

Demand follows years of attempts by judiciary, feminist groups to ban such separation even at cultural events for religious audiences.

Anchor gender-based separation in law as not discriminatory

Haredi MK: If Religious Zionism isn't in - neither is UTJ

Senior source in United Torah Judaism clarifies: If MK Smotrich isn't in the coalition, neither are we; victory belongs to the entire bloc.

Haredi MK: If Religious Zionism isn't in - neither is UTJ

Senior UTJ member:

'Deri's demands are just an act to get Smotrich to give up'

A member of the haredi UTJ party told INN that the Shas leader 'does not see a reason or an interest to take the finance portfolio.

'Deri's demands are just an act to get Smotrich to give up'

Haredi party to Herzog: Task Netanyahu with forming a government

Representatives of United Torah Judaism party recommend Pres. Isaac Herzog task MK Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government.

Haredi party to Herzog: Task Netanyahu with forming a government

Progress in negotiations?

UTJ agrees to 'short' coalition agreement

Senior haredi official: We want to oust the malicious government as soon as possible, so we agreed on a shortened coalition agreement.

UTJ agrees to 'short' coalition agreement

Senior rabbis: Without Override Clause, there'll be no coalition

Council of Torah Sages instructs faction of United Torah Judaism party: Refuse to join coalition unless Override Clause is passed.

Senior rabbis: Without Override Clause, there'll be no coalition

Haredi MK to demand food vouchers for every child

MK Yisrael Eichler proposes plan to provide food vouchers to for all children, in attempt to mitigate rise in cost of living.

Haredi MK to demand food vouchers for every child

Putting together a coalition:

Gafni to ask for Finance Committee chairmanship

Degel HaTorah says party's ideological decision regarding not taking ministerial positions in the government stands.

Gafni to ask for Finance Committee chairmanship

This is why United Torah Judaism lost its eighth Knesset seat

Final election results show haredi UTJ party as losing one Knesset seat to rival Yisrael Beytenu. How did that happen?

This is why United Torah Judaism lost its eighth Knesset seat

Gafni at UTJ headquarters:

'We are happy we kicked out this bad government'

Degel HaTorah chairman blasts Liberman: He should respect the will of the voters and go home.

'We are happy we kicked out this bad government'

Haredi vote may be deciding factor in upcoming elections

Concerns arise that United Torah Judaism at risk of losing Knesset seat due to indifference and quarreling among its leadership.

Haredi vote may be deciding factor in upcoming elections

UTJ MK:

'Government with Ahmadinejad is more likely than with Gantz'

MK Yitzhak Pindrus rejects possibility of government with National Unity: If we don't have 61 seats, we will go to another election.

'Government with Ahmadinejad is more likely than with Gantz'

Haredi MK:

'No chance in the world UTJ will join leftist government'

MK Yitzhak Pindrus says his party will never sit with a leftist government, offers solution to Supreme Court's interference in legislation.

'No chance in the world UTJ will join leftist government'

Discord in haredi party

Veteran MK slams peer: 'He lacks political experience'

MK Moshe Gafni says relationship between himself and his party's number one, Yitzhak Goldknopf, is 'very good.'

Veteran MK slams peer: 'He lacks political experience'

2022 Elections:

Aryeh Deri, Moshe Gafni no longer on speaking terms

Gafni also furious with Sa'ar, who almost caused rift in UTJ.

Aryeh Deri, Moshe Gafni no longer on speaking terms

Haredi candidate reveals:

This is what Netanyahu and I spoke about

'We will accept positions according to the instructions of our rabbis,' United Torah Judaism's Yitzhak Goldknopf says.

This is what Netanyahu and I spoke about

Haredi MK: 'The most important thing is the Override Clause'

MK Meir Porush says party won't join government led by Defense Min. Gantz, Override Clause is most important, difficult, coalition demand.

Haredi MK: 'The most important thing is the Override Clause'

Haredi education crisis:

'Schools only receive half of what they're legally entitled to'

"Netanyahu only promised what the law already stipulates," says haredi MK.

'Schools only receive half of what they're legally entitled to'

Haredi party head:

'We will no longer grovel in order to receive our due'

New UTJ chief says Netanyahu promised 'to make every effort' to ensure haredim receive their rightful share of the education budget.

'We will no longer grovel in order to receive our due'

Haredi faction approves its list for Knesset

Agudat Yisrael, Degel Hatorah, still negotiating joint run for Knesset.

Haredi faction approves its list for Knesset

Haredi MK: We'll demand yeshiva funding be put into basic budget

MK Yakov Asher promises to advance three core issues, says party won't go back to focusing only on what was stolen during previous term.

Haredi MK: We'll demand yeshiva funding be put into basic budget

Progress in negotiations for reuniting United Torah Judaism

Degel Hatorah faction agrees to allow some Belz schools into independent haredi system. The plan now goes to the Belz Rebbe for approval.

Progress in negotiations for reuniting United Torah Judaism

Can Shas save the Likud-led bloc?

Shas party in negotiations with Belz hasidim in last-ditch attempt to prevent risky split in United Torah Judaism party.

Can Shas save the Likud-led bloc?