MK Bezalel Smotrich won't join a government supported by the United Arab List - but Charedi rabanim may be able to change that.
The Knesset's Charedi parties are trying to help Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu form a coalition, by convincing MK Bezalel Smotrich, head of the Religious Zionism party, to join them despite his promise not to be part of a government which relies on support from the United Arab List (Ra'am).
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According to a News 13 report on Tuesday night, the Charedi parties are planning to ask their Councils of Torah Sages and Chasidic leaders to speak to Religious Zionist rabbis, asking them to pressure Smotrich into joining a right-wing government under Netanyahu.
If the Charedi rabbis succeed in convincing the Religious Zionist rabbis of the urgency of the matter, it is expected that Smotrich will drop his opposition to sitting in a government supported from the outside by the United Arab List (UAL) and agree to join the rest of the pro-Netanyahu bloc.
In such a case, Smotrich would be unlikely to face backlash from his voters, since the majority respect their rabbis' opinions and would not see Smotrich as to blame for breaking his promise.
According to Kikar Hashabbat, Netanyahu himself will be the one to turn to the Charedi rabbis, asking them to press their Religious Zionist counterparts to pressure Smotrich to join his coalition. Read more at Arutz-7