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Would Israeli ultra-Orthodox bail on Netanyahu, Likud?

Feeling betrayed by their own leadership on the handling of the coronavirus, young, modern ultra-Orthodox might shift their support to Bezalel Smotrich’s radical right-wing religious party.

The tweet sent yesterday by popular ultra-Orthodox commentator Israel Cohen triggered an animated, passionate twitter discussion among political commentators. In the tweet, Cohen discussed the findings of an internet poll that examined the voting patterns in the ultra-Orthodox city of Beit Shemesh, which clearly shows a decline in the power of the Yahadut HaTorah party (the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party).

Still, the big drama that may be hiding behind the poll relates to a new, rising power: the Religious Zionist party headed by former transportation minister Bezalel Smotrich. The significance of all that is that veteran faction Yahadut HaTorah is losing young voters to a radical right-wing religious party.

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