A new party in Israel will be challenging United Torah Judaism for the charedi vote.
Degel Hatorah has chosen not to include R’ Menachem Carmel, a former UTJ Knesset candidate, on its electoral list in the upcoming elections. As a result of this and other developments, a new political party has been registered. Called Netzach, the party will try to grab away votes from UTJ.
Yeshayahu Wein, editor of the HaPeles daily newspaper established by the same people behind Netzach, is one of those involved in the new party.
Netzach will probably not pass the electoral threshold of three Knesset seats, but diversion of the charedi vote could cost UTJ a seat in the Knesset.
It is not clear whether R’ Carmel will officially join Netzach. Netach, it is believed, will indeed be blamed if Degel Hatorah loses a seat.
The issues at hand have revolved around a dispute regarding who is maintaining the mesorah of Maran Rav Elazar Menachem Shach, founder of Degel Hatorah.
The outcome of the recent events is difficult to predict. The real question is how much public support Netzach will garner and whether Netzach’s efforts will destroy much of which Rav Shach, with his blood and tears, worked to establish.