Israeli Sage Advises Orthodox Labor on Stand Toward Cabinet

Rabbi Abraham Karelitz, the venerable sage whose views on religious matters are valued highly in Israel and among Orthodox Jews elsewhere, has advised the Poale Agudas Israel not to rejoin the Israel government coalition unless the Agudath party also re-enters the Cabinet,a spokesman for the Agudah stated today. But Poale Agudah leaders deny this.

The spokesman added that his party would not consent to returning to the coalition unless Premier David Ben Gurion yields to the Orthodox group’s demand that a decision on the conscription of Orthodox young women be postponed for another year. He also charged that Premier Ben Gurion’s Mapai Party was maintaining “tremendous pressure” on the Agudah Workers Party to break with the Agudah and immediately re-enter the government.

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