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An Arab Israeli woman casts her ballot at a voting station during the Municipal Elections, on October 30, 2018, in Kafr Qasim, Israel.

Israel's religious party Shas to target Arab voters

Ultra-Orthodox party seeks to reach places with low turnout

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Ultra-orthodox Jewish women take part in prayers near the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai during Lag Ba'Omer celebrations at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, early Sunday, April 28, 2013. Tens of thousands of worshippers gathered to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer wh

Israeli ultra-Orthodox women eye the political stage

The two ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, do not let women represent them in parliament

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Future Tel Aviv Light Rail Red Line Allenby station, one of 10 underground stations on the line out of 34 total stops.

Israel: Transportation Minister aims to keep Tel Aviv light rail open on Shabbat

'The citizens of Israel deserve that the blockade on the weekend to end,' says Merav Michaeli

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the spiritual leader of Shas, in Jerusalem, Israel on August 22, 2022.

Israel: Thousands attend funeral of Rabbi Shalom Cohen

Spiritual leader of Shas party passed away at the age of 91

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Le chef spirituel de Shas, le rabbin Shalom Cohen, assiste à un événement de campagne du parti Shas à la synagogue Yazdim à Jérusalem, le 14 septembre 2019

Israel: Spiritual leader of ultra-Orthodox political party dies

The rabbi had been hospitalized recently for a leg infection, and his condition deteriorated in recent days

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United Torah Judaism parliament member Ya'akov Tessler during a plenum session at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on June 6, 2022.

Poll: Israeli voters don’t want ultra-Orthodox factions in next gov’t

The Israeli public 'wants to be freed from religious coercion, rather than perpetuate it'

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Shas parliament member Moshe Arbel, outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, January 11, 2021.

Lawmaker calls China's criticism of Israeli media 'blatant' free speech violation

'We demand The Jerusalem Post to respect China's core interests and the Chinese people's national sentiments'

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Head of the Shas party Aryeh Deri, leads a faction meeting, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on August 2, 2021.

Israel: Aryeh Deri claims 'racism' over corruption trial

'I am in my guardpost as head of Shas and will fight from the party office and the Knesset,' says Deri

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Aryeh Deri in the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on November 22, 2021.

Israel: Party leader quits parliament in tax-crimes plea deal

Aryeh Deri resigned from Israel's parliament, admitted to tax offenses, and was fined $60,000

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Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attend a special meeting of the Rabbinate Council at the Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem Old City on May 24, 2017.

Poll: most Israelis support term limits for appointed rabbis

All municipal chief rabbis serve without term limits until at least the age of 75

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Head of the Shas party Aryeh Deri, leads a faction meeting, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on August 2, 2021.

Report: Israeli Knesset member to resign in plea deal

Aryeh Deri, Shas Party chairman, plans to run for Knesset again in the next elections, according to the report

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FILE - In this Monday May 14, 2018 file photo, ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wave signs, some protesting the draft and chant outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel: Enlistment law for ultra-Orthodox introduced

Mapped out in the bill are annual targets for the number of ultra-Orthodox men to be enlisted per year

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3L), Interior Affairs Minister Aryeh Deri (3R) and then-Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (2L) attend a conference of the Hamodia Newspaper in Lod on November 20, 2016.

Sidelined ultra-Orthodox parties fear new 'secular' govt: Israel

Once powerful kingmakers find themselves sitting in opposition, along with ally Netanyahu

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FILE - Interior Minister Aryeh Deri speaks with Construction and Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman during a meeting of the heads of the right-wing parties, on March 4, 2020.

Israeli lawmakers to vote Sunday on formation of govt of 'change'

Right flank of coalition under intense pressure from outgoing government figures

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3L), Interior Affairs Minister Aryeh Deri (3R) and then-Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (2L) attend a conference of the Hamodia Newspaper in Lod on November 20, 2016.

Ultra-Orthodox parties warn Netanyahu they won't back him in 5th elections

Shas and United Torah Judaism currently back incumbent Prime Minister, who has been tasked with forming gov't

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Moshe Gafni du parti le Judaïsme unifié de la Torah au parlement israélien le 3 mars 2020

Israel: Shas, United Torah Judaism pledge support for Netanyahu

Smotrich-led Religious Zionist Party not in on vow against joining any govt not led by Likud chair

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FILE - Israel's attorney general Avichai Mandelblit gives a press conference at the justice ministry in Jerusalem on November 21, 2019

Israel: Attorney General to indict Shas chief Deri over alleged tax violations

Deri denies charges as Mandelblit drops heavier allegations of bribery

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Le président du parti Shas et ministre de l'intérieur, Arié Deri, et Yaakov Litzman, chef de file du Judaïsme unifié de la Torah lors d'une réunion des chefs des partis de droite, le 4 mars 2020

Ultra-Orthodox parties say they may not back Netanyahu if new elections called

'The possibility of a dissolution of the right-wing bloc is closer than ever'

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People take part in a rally to mark the annual Gay Pride Parade under restrictions following the spread of the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2020.

Israel: Bill against gay conversion therapy opens fault lines in coalition

Religious parties outraged as Blue and White, Labor lawmakers cast their vote in support of the bill

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray outside a synagogue in the West Bank community of Beitar Illit while wearing protective face masks, July 09, 2020.

Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker urges religious parties to boycott coalition over lockdowns

'This is the only way that Netanyahu will understand that Haredi human rights are not expendable'

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Israeli minister of Defense and leader of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett during a meeting with the heads of the right-wing parties, Jerusalem, March 4, 2020.

Israel: Right-wing bloc urges President Rivlin to give mandate to Netanyahu

Blue and White says unity talks still on after Rivlin refuses to extend Gantz's mandate to form government