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News and updates about United Torah Judaism

Draft law:

Haredi party threatens to leave government

Sources negotiating the Draft Law said on Wednesday evening that United Torah Judaism had raised the threat of secession and demanded the removal of the threat of economic sanctions and quotas.

Haredi party threatens to leave government

Message to Netanyahu:

UTJ minister: If the Draft Law isn't approved, I will resign

Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf in interview: As soon as the Draft Law is not passed, I will resign.

UTJ minister: If the Draft Law isn't approved, I will resign

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

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

Report:

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

Shas, UTJ, reportedly seek to have judicial reforms frozen to allow for passage of Draft Law.

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

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

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'

Haredi minister:

'Shelving Override Clause is unacceptable to us'

Following reports that judicial reform will no longer include Override Clause, Jerusalem Min. Porush clarifies: Our party won't accept this.

'Shelving Override Clause is unacceptable to us'

Gafni:

We'll demand override clause be passed

UTJ MK says haredi party still seeks to pass law allowing Knesset to re-enact legislation struck down by the Supreme Court.

We'll demand override clause be passed

Drama in United Torah Judaism:

Agudat Yisrael chief demands Degal Hatorah toe the line

Housing Min. Yitzhak Goldknopf demands Finance Committee chair Moshe Gafni join protest against State budget.

Agudat Yisrael chief demands Degal Hatorah toe the line

Furor in coalition over NIS 16.5 billion budget

Otzma Yehudit, UTJ ministers vote against distribution of funds over lack of funds for periphery, haredi schools.

Furor in coalition over NIS 16.5 billion budget

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

Regev to Railway officials:

Maintain the status quo in work on Shabbat

Transportation Minister asks Israel Railway to present solutions to reduce work on Shabbat following demand of United Torah Judaism.

Maintain the status quo in work on Shabbat

United Torah Judaism signs final coalition deal with the Likud

Haredi lawmakers resolve internal dispute, reach full agreement with the Likud a day before swearing-in of new government.

United Torah Judaism signs final coalition deal with the Likud

UTJ chairman Goldknopf tells Netanyahu he will not join cabinet

After speaking to Gerrer Rebbe, UTJ head rejects position on political-security cabinet.

UTJ chairman Goldknopf tells Netanyahu he will not join cabinet

Not so fast:

Degal HaTorah objects to UTJ coalition deal

MK Moshe Gafni demands negotiations be reopened after Agudath Yisrael reaches agreement without consent of Degel HaTorah.

Degal HaTorah objects to UTJ coalition deal

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

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

Netanyahu tells Gafni: It's your fault we don't have a govt. yet

Differences between Likud, UTJ remain unresolved as PM-designate has heated conversation with MK Moshe Gafni.

Netanyahu tells Gafni: It's your fault we don't have a govt. yet

UTJ, Likud agree:

Goldknopf - Housing Minister, Porush - Jerusalem Minister

Agreement reached between United Torah Judaism and Likud regarding UTJ's positions in the new government.

Goldknopf - Housing Minister, Porush - Jerusalem Minister

Netanyahu to haredim:

'In reality, Mansour Abbas only received two billion shekels'

Sources say Netanyahu told UTJ that Ra'am chairman only received a small portion of what he was promised. Likud denies.

'In reality, Mansour Abbas only received two billion shekels'

Report:

United Torah Judaism signs coalition deal with the Likud

Haredi party reaches deal with Likud negotiating team, breaking through impasse after 12 hours of intense negotiations.

United Torah Judaism signs coalition deal with the Likud

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

UTJ MK on coalition talks:

'There's a disconnect with Likud on fundamental issues'

MK Yaakov Asher says the Likud has not held a dialogue with United Torah Judaism on fundamental issues in the last two days.

'There's a disconnect with Likud on fundamental issues'

UTJ MK:

'Likud isn't taking us seriously because we don't issue threats'

MK Yaakov Asher: There will be major changes when it comes to housing in the new government. We will all stand behind Rabbi Goldknopf.

'Likud isn't taking us seriously because we don't issue threats'

Haredi lawmakers suspend coalition talks with the Likud

United Torah Judaism announces it has frozen coalition negotiations, accusing the Likud of unfair distribution of ministerial portfolios.

Haredi lawmakers suspend coalition talks with the Likud

Haredi Party Official to INN:

Religious MKs mulling united front in coalition talks with Likud

Haredi and Religious Zionist factions weighing forming united front within the right-wing bloc to pressure the Likud in coalition talks.

Religious MKs mulling united front in coalition talks with Likud

UTJ MK:

'There's no government without Smotrich'

MK Meir Porush does not hide his criticism of the way in which Likud conducts the coalition negotiations.

'There's no government without Smotrich'

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

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

Split in the left:

64 MKs will recommend Netanyahu, only 28 will recommend Lapid

National Unity, Yisrael Beytenu, Hadash-Ta'al will not recommend anyone. Netanyahu will be recommended by all right-wing parties.

64 MKs will recommend Netanyahu, only 28 will recommend Lapid

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

Religious parties demand Law of Return be changed

Amended law would only grant citizenship to halachic Jews.

Religious parties demand Law of Return be changed

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

The Great Haredi Political Shift

So long as the country was humming along, Orthodox Jews had the luxury to vote based on narrow interests.No more. Op-ed.

The Great Haredi Political Shift

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

Haredi MK: 'They told me I had become a star in the Arab sector'

MK Gafni on MK Ben-Gvir: 'He pulls out a gun and yells, 'death to terrorists,' what will the people of Israel gain from all his yelling?

Haredi MK: 'They told me I had become a star in the Arab sector'

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 parties rejoice after Derech Eretz MKs drop out of race

Representatives from United Torah Judaism, Shas, criticize Communications Min. Hendel's decisions, urge him to 'leave.'

Haredi parties rejoice after Derech Eretz MKs drop out of race

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'

Report: Likud promised UTJ NIS 3 billion for haredi schools

Netanyahu rumored to have promised to restore funding to levels prescribed by law.

Report: Likud promised UTJ NIS 3 billion for haredi schools

Council of Torah Scholars approve joint run of UJT party

Council of Torah Scholars of the Degal Torah Faction meets at home of the faction leader Rabbi Gershon Edelstein to approve joint run,

Council of Torah Scholars approve joint run of UJT party

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