in preparation for the next election. Shas is amenable to a just resolution of the Palestinian conflict, especially if Deri takes over, and it is opposed to the Thatcherite vision of Netanyahu-Lapid. Throwing them a few bones on the religious issue is well worth it. You have to take your alliances where you can find them.
Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners (Haaretz)
from the article: Ultra-Orthodox prepare for new role in Israeli government: the underdogs