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Surrealistic Farce of Health Minister Litzman Highlights Loopy Israeli Politics

But with Netanyahu delving in ‘deep state’ delusions, ultra-Orthodox politicians’ ludicrous botch of coronavirus – including contracting it - seems par for the course

Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev
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Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman ascended to the pinnacle of Israeli politics by virtue of his close ties with the Grand Rebbes of the Gur Hasidim, the late Simcha Bunim Alter and his son and successor, Yaakov Arye. He owes his ministerial position, however, to inter-ultra-Orthodox strife: After the leader of a rival faction in his own United Torah Judaism party blocked Litzman’s way to the coveted chairmanship of the Knesset Finance Committee, he was given the Health Ministry as a consolation prize.

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