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Why Israel’s Haredi Leaders Fear This Far-right Politician

Lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir has been singled out as the greatest threat to the Haredi parties, amid fears that he is shattering their cardinal political rule

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef is officially a civil servant, and therefore forbidden from any overt political activity. That has never bothered him. During his time as Sephardi chief rabbi, he has taken part in Shas party rallies and allowed himself to be photographed casting a Shas ballot in elections. Next year, when his 10-year term ends, he is expected to officially become the party’s spiritual leader.

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