Sunday, 17.11.19, negotiation teams for Blue and White and Yisrael Beiteinu met. During the meeting, Blue and White offered to enact legislation on issues of religion and state.
According to the news channel 13, Blue and White decided this weekend to increase efforts to get Yisrael Beiteinu’s head, Avigdor Lieberman, to support them. As part of this effort they offered to cancel the Supermarket Law, reform IDF draft laws and conversion laws, promote the Egalitarian Kotel, civil marriage, and public transportation on the Sabbath.
In a Joint statement, the parties said that after the meeting between the negotiation teams, there was real progress made in agreeing on basic policies, especially on issues of religion and state. Representatives for both sides plan to meet again.
As previously posted, Yisrael Beiteinu’s demands on issues of religion and state center around public transportation on Shabbat, cancelling the Supermarket law, a new law to regulate the IDF draft (especially the Ultra-Orthodox draft), promoting the Kotel agreement that promotes the Egalitarian section, and making a core curriculum mandatory in all schools including Ultra-Orthodox schools.
Earlier, PM Netanyahu and head of Yisrael Beiteinu, MK Avigdor Lieberman met. Based on progress made in talks, PM Netanyahu summoned heads of the Ultra-Orthodox parties to his office.
Head of Yisrael Beiteinu, MK Lieberman spoke about his meeting with the Prime Minister during a speech he gave at a convention on the issue of religion and state in Tel Aviv:
“The fact that PM Netanyahu didn’t attack me is already good. The meeting with him was topical and we will meet again tomorrow. We did not get to issues of religion and state”.
On issues regarding Halacha (Jewish Law), the Ultra-Orthodox parties said:
“compromise cannot be made because we do not have the authority to give up on something that has to do with Judaism. As of now, nothing concrete has been presented for discussion and thus far we have only been hearing about compromises from the media. We need to understand what Netanyahu really wants to know if and how to proceed. If they want the Ultra-Orthodox to compromise, you need to give us something concrete and we will take it to the Rabbis”.