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the Real People to Blame for New Elections

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
There is been a lot of talk about whose fault it is that no government was formed and Israel is going to elections again.
Some people blame Avigdor Lieberman for his tough and uncompromising stance on the draft law. Some say the draft law was just a red herring and if not for that he would have had another excuse to string them along and not join - he just wanted to bring about Netanyahu's downfall.
Some say it was the fault of the Haredi parties. Some are more specific and point to Gur specifically. The Haredi parties refused to compromise on the draft law, and even when they did, the compromise was worthless because it did not include Agudat Yisrael led by the Gerrer Rebbe.
Some blame Benjamin Netanyahu for dealing with the immunity law rather than actually building a coalition. Lieberman people say he never demanded any compromise from the Haredi parties (at least not until the last minute) and only expected others to compromise. Others blame him for not dealing tough with Lieberman until it was too late.
Some even blame Opposition parties such as Labor and Kachol Lavan for not being willing to save Netanyahu and offer a unity government but standing strong on their position of not supporting Netanyahu under indictment. As if that is the job of Opposition parties.
I know who is really to blame, and it is none of the above.
the real people to blame for new elections
The blame should fall squarely on the shoulders of the women of Mea Shearim
According to Kikar, a group of women from Mea Shearim gathered together at midnight on Tuesday night, just as Israel was entering the final stages of attempted coalition building or turning to elections, in one of the local shuls to hold a prayer vigil against the formation of the government and in favor of new elections. They also davened against the ratification of the draft law and to give Avigdor Lieberman the strength to stand strong in his demands against the Haredi parties.
According to the report. they gathered in the shul, in front of the open Aron Kodesh, and poured out their hearts in prayer. They kept the event secret and locked the doors of the shul to prevent anyone else from walking in and inadvertently stumbling upon them.
So, at the end of the day, the fact that the government dispersed and went to new elections was not the fault of Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, Yaakov Litzman, Moshe Gafni, Aryeh Deri, or the Gerrer Rebbe. It was the fault of Shprintzy, Ruchel, Blimi and Chaya Sara from Mea Shearim! Who says women in the Haredi community have no power??!!
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