First signs of rift emerge in United Torah Judaism party

In the first rumblings of a rift in the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, MKs Meir Porush and Yisrael Eichler of its Agudat Yisrael faction inform MK Moshe Gafni — of the second faction that makes up the party, Degel HaTorah — that he doesn’t speak on their behalf.

All agreements within the party and with other parties must be coordinated and approved by Agudat Yisrael, Porush and Eichler say.

The letter from the Agudat Yisrael MKs to Gafni comes ahead of national elections in March. The disagreement appears to be related to the makeup of the party slate.

United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni arrives at a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset on March 3, 2020, a day after the general elections. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)