On Thursday morning, Yitzhak Goldknopf, who heads the Agudat Yisrael faction of the United Torah Judaism List, discussed his party's decision to demand that the budgets for employees and children in haredi schools be raised to what the law stipulates -- that is, corresponding to the degree to which the schools adopt the core curriculum.
Regarding the issue of ministerial appointments, Goldknopf told Kol Hai Radio that UTJ "will accept positions according to the decisions of our rabbis." He added that, "We will demand what we deserve, equal conditions for employees and students in the haredi school system with regard to benefits and so forth."
Goldknopf added, "When I sat down to discuss things with future Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu, we spoke about the educational system and I told him, 'Look what is happening here.' He immediately answered, 'I have learned over time that we can put our hands deeper into our pockets.' I am sure that he means what he says, and that in this issue of education, there will be no more discrimination."
Regarding haredim who do not plan to vote for United Torah Judaism, Goldknopf said, "There are certain groups who voted for Agudah or Degel in the past and unfortunately stopped going to vote. It was agreed at the meeting of the Council of Torah Sages that members of the Council will go to the rabbis of these communities and convince them, in light of the situation, that not voting is essentially voting [as it increases the relative strength of other parties -ed]."
Concluding his statements, Goldknopf mentioned the housing crisis, saying, "Affordable housing is at the top of our list of priorities. One suggestion that we have made is that the State could offer land to developers for free and remove taxes on building supplies."