Did Bibi ask UTJ to abandon isolated settlements?
By Ted Belman
Apparently, according to TOI, Livni is ready to join the coalition in which she will be the Justice Minister and will be on the negotiating team for peace. Elsewhere I have read that Netanyahu intends keeping her on a short tether in this role. As Justice Minister it will be crucial whether she accepts the Levy report. Did Bibi put any constraints on her in this regard or other sensitive legal issues?
But of greater interest,
Meanwhile, United Torah Judaism officials have begun compiling a document of principles outlining the political concessions the party is willing to make in coalition talks, Maariv reported Tuesday.
The party would support, for example, the evacuation of isolated settlements in the West Bank and agree to freeze construction in ones that are outside the main settlement blocs, and even vote for the cessation of settlement funding and commit to not expanding some of the large settlement blocs, in exchange for a continuation of the funding of yeshivas and religious schools and keeping the status quo regarding limited conscription of the ultra-Orthodox into the IDF.
The party, which controls the Knesset Finance Committee, said it would also reveal how much money it costs to keep isolated settlements and outposts in the West Bank, Maariv added.
UTJ’s move comes in light of Netanyahu’s limited success in reaching a coalition agreement with the Jewish Home-Yesh Atid alliance, whose platform includes increasing increase ultra-Orthodox conscription.
So, it appears it is selling out the settlers in order to maintain its support of the Yishivot. Do we read from this that Bibi has asked for them to make these concessions on settlements? Why did he not ask them to compromise on the Yishivot and equal service.
Where is Shas in all this?