UTJ Announces Will Not Join Government with Lapid

Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman (standing), MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni (to his right) and MK Uri Maklev (to his left). (Yehuda Haim/Flash90)

Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman said on Sunday that the chareidi party United Torah Judaism will not participate in a government coalition that includes Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

“We won’t join any government which has Lapid in it, absolutely not,” Rabbi Litzman said. “A person who smears us, who was Finance Minister for two years, who took our money and gave nothing to the healthcare system,” he told a gathering to launch the UTJ campaign.

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, who chairs the Knesset finance committee, said the UTJ would only back a government led by PM Binyamin Netanyahu.

“We’re going with Bibi Netanyahu. I suggest you stop asking us these kinds of questions.”

Shas leader Rabbi Aryeh Deri has already made clear his party’s support for Mr. Netanyahu. Huge side-by-side posters of Rabbi Deri and the prime minister hang over major intersections.