Analysis: Likud-UTJ deal spells stasis for haredi integration

During the mass ultra-Orthodox rally in Bnei Brak in March ahead of the general election, one man told this reporter that he was not so concerned with what he termed “anti-Torah” laws passed or proposed by the last government as he was about the sharp reduction in child welfare payments that it had enacted.

This man’s worries about the financial security of his family reflects what was the overriding priority for the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) public – and therefore for the haredi political leadership – during the election campaign and the coalition negotiations between the Likud and United Torah Judaism that were finalized on Thursday.


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