UTJ: We Won’t Sign Without Detailed Agreement on Religion and State

UTJ leaders MKs Rabbi Yitzchak Goldknopf and Rabbi Moshe Gafni during a meeting of the United Torah Judaism party at the Knesset, last week. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In a statement issued Monday night, the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party said that in line with instructions from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah there would be no coalition agreement before the details regarding yeshivah bachurim and other religious issues are outlined in detail.

“Unlike other parties, we are not looking for jobs. We want to take care of the issues of Yiddishkeit and the yeshivah bachurim,” they stated.

“We explained to [Prime Minister-designate Binyamin] Netanyahu that we will not sign a coalition agreement without detailing the issues of religion and state.”

In the meantime, UTJ claims that there is still no progress in the coalition negotiations with the Likud: “We don’t get any answers, they left us for last; this is shameful behavior for those who claim to be partners.”

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