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 ,

Netanyahu and the heads of the haredi parties
Netanyahu and the heads of the haredi parties
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The Council of Torah Sages of the Agudath Israel party on Sunday night gave a green light to promote the version of the draft law initiated by MK Yoav Ben Tzur (Shas) in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation that will convene on Monday morning.

In a letter written by the Secretary of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Mordechai Stern, he wrote, "We hereby inform you that since government representatives agreed to accept the wording of the draft law as proposed by the haredi representatives, and since this law will be approved by the Ministerial Committee tomorrow and Wednesday in a preliminary reading in the Knesset, and this summer the law will be voted in three readings with the consent of the government, our rabbis decided that our MKs will vote on the budget. "

With this decision, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has in effect succeeded in convicing all the haredi parties to agree to the draft law. In addition, Knesset Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) announced on Sunday night that he intends to bring the state budget for 2019 to the committee for approval on Monday morning.

Meanwhile on Sunday evening heavy pressure was exerted on Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to approve the compromise and give the green light to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation to convene on Monday morning and end the crisis.

The coalition crisis, which first began last month, deteriorated last week during Netanyahu’s trip abroad, as haredi lawmakers faced-off against Liberman, who has refused to support a draft bill pushed by UTJ and Shas, calling haredi demands “extortion” by “extremist elements” he said had "taken Israel captive".