Ultra-Orthodox Parties Declare War on Israeli Government's Religious Reforms

Haredi parties in the Knesset start to formulate plans, which may include economic boycotts and mass demonstrations to protest changes to the religious status quo, and even a 'million-man march' slated for early 2022

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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties on Monday declared war on the “hellenists” in the government looking to upend the country’s religious status quo, promising to launch a joint national struggle to preserve the state’s “Jewish character.”

During the gathering, which brought together representatives of the Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, as well as MK Bezalel Smotrich’s far-right Religious Zionist party, lawmakers discussed a range of options for preventing the raft of reforms being promoted by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government, including economic boycotts and mass demonstrations.

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