Insults and Threats: Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Parties Struggle to Adjust to Life in Opposition

Haredi politicians recently compared a cabinet minister to a king who persecuted the Jews, accused a Russian-born legislator of not knowing Hebrew and appeared to make fun of a deaf lawmaker. What's behind the tantrum?

Sam Sokol
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Ultra-Orthodox politicians have amped up their use of personal, inflammatory attacks against members of the governing coalition in recent weeks, as the reality of their fading influence in government becomes apparent.

Politicians from the two ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, have compared a government minister to a Hellenistic king who prohibited circumcision, accused a Russian-born legislator of not speaking Hebrew and appeared to make fun of a deaf lawmaker’s disability.

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