Analysis: The fall of a symbol

That no one is very surprised Agudat Yisrael’s Council of Torah Sages decided on Thursday to allow Deputy Minister Ya’acov Litzman to take up the full ministerial position of health minister is very instructive.

Perhaps it’s because the decades-old principle of the Ashkenazi haredi (ultra-Orthodox) political parties not to take full ministerial posts was always a symbol, a way of showing the haredi community and broader Israeli society that the haredim are separate and want to be separate.

So the fact that a symbol has fallen is itself purely symbolic.


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