The union between the charedi parties will cost the Belzer Chasidism, who say the agreement signed last week between Agudas Yisrael and Degel Hatorah could displace its representative from the next Knesset.
The relationship between Degel Hatorah and Agudat Yisrael as a joint list was 60-40 in favor of Agudas Yisrael, so that even if the joint list received six mandates, the place of Belz’s AgudasYisrael representative Yisrael Eichler was guaranteed, sometimes in rotation and sometimes for a full term.
However, after the new agreement the relationship between Degel Hatorah and Agudas Yisrael became equal and stands at 50-50. This means that even if Agudas Yisrael wins seven seats, Eichler will be forced to leave the Knesset.
To counter that, Belz is now to be upgraded so that their representative is higher on the list, above Vizhnitz, which Belz claims has a smaller population than them. Belz also made it clear they were not willing to pay alone the cost of the union with Degel Hatorah.
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