Rivlin Owes Nothing to the ultra-Orthodox - Except His Victory

For the ultimate disciple of Begin, ultra-Orthodox are natural allies; but in light of their sour and halting support, Rivlin doesn’t owe them a thing.

At the end of his acceptance speech, president-elect Reuven Rivlin mentioned some of the Knesset members who had helped in getting him elected, including Eli Yishai and Yitzhak Vaknin from Shas as well as Yaakov Litzman from United Torah Judaism. Any perceptive observer would have noted the pale faces of Shas chairman Aryeh Deri and Degel Hatorah chairman Moshe Gafni, whom many could have...