UTJ MK says rift may cost ‘thousands of votes’

MK Menahem Eliezer Moses (United Torah Judaism) suspects the rift between Shas and Yachad may cause the ultra-Orthodox community to lose thousands of votes.

Ultra-Orthodox MKs Menachem Eliezer Moses (L) and Yaacov Asher attend a meeting regarding government actions to encourage ultra-Orthodox Jewish integration in the Israeli job market, August 2013. (photo credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox MKs Menachem Eliezer Moses (L) and Yaacov Asher attend a meeting regarding government actions to encourage ultra-Orthodox Jewish integration in the Israeli job market, August 2013. (photo credit: Flash90)

Speaking on Kol Berama radio, Moses says that “you have this tape being revealed here, and another tape being revealed there… things are changing and they’re not unequivocal. You can’t know what rabbit they will pull out of a hat.”

Moses also says UTJ may lose many votes because of its Jerusalem branch – a radical subsection of the party’s electorate whose members recently held demonstrations against drafting ultra-Orthodox young men to the IDF. Many less extremist ultra-Orthodox distanced themselves from the Jerusalem branch following the demonstrations.

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