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After the ultra-Orthodox Rebellion, Netanyahu Looks Weaker Than Ever

Holding an early election, when the entire Israeli public is witnessing how he’s being held hostage by a merciless ultra-Orthodox leadership, is now unthinkable

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Under the terms of the historic agreement signed by Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion in 1947, the ultra-Orthodox community had every right to decide for itself when to open its schools this week. In what would become known as the “status quo letter,” Ben-Gurion promised the Haredi leadership he would preserve “autonomy of every education stream.”

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