MK Yisrael Eichler
MK Yisrael EichlerHezki Baruch

MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) on Friday called on the haredi parties to temporarily step down from the government until the lockdowns on haredi neighborhoods are removed.

"I urge the haredi ministers to temporarily resign from the government until the selective lockdowns on the haredi neighborhoods are removed," said MK Eichler. "Only then will Netanyahu understand that the human rights of haredim are not cheap."

The comments come amid tensions between the haredi parties and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. On Wednesday, it was reported that Shas chairman Aryeh Deri slammed the telephone on Netanyahu following the vote on the establishment of a commission of inquiry to examine the conduct of judges in Israel.

Deri was reportedly furious during the conversation and told Netanyahu, "You are leading us to elections, harming our relations and my ability to mediate with Blue and White. The State of Israel has a million unemployed people and this is what matters now?! If you want an election, then say you want an election."

On Friday, the Israel Hayom newspaper reported that haredi lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with Netanyahu, and are quietly shifting their support to Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.

Citing haredi MKs who spoke off the record, the report claimed that haredi lawmakers vented their frustrations regarding Netanyahu’s recent behavior. In addition, over the past two weeks, haredi lawmakers have begun to shift their support to senior Blue and White officials. Including Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn.

“There is a new relationship with Benny Gantz, and it is good,” United Torah Judaism officials said. “Business is ticking along. It started with meetings on the budget, and continued on with agreements on issues like yeshivas and synagogues during the coronavirus crisis.”

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