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Feb 28, 2023

the great white hope

Whoa. The news is reporting that Minister Meir Porush just resigned from his position as minister responsible for the Meron celebration on Lag B'Omer.

It seems Porush got fed up with appointments being forced on him and both the Likud and Shas have been mixing their hands into his pot. Porush has had enough and cannot take responsibility for Meron under these conditions.

According to news reports, Porush is considering full resignation form the government, being that responsibility for Meron was the main reason he took the ministerial position in the first place. 

That would make it two days in a row of resignations from the government (unless Porush waits until tomorrow)

I dont think this is a sign that the government is at risk. Not at this point. Both Maoz and Porush will still support the government from the Knesset, and Porush is still beholden as part of UTJ (as much/little as Porush is ever beholden to anything), so while it is not actual dissent and doesnt make Netanyahu's government shaky the way Idit Silman's resignation made Bennett's government unstable, it is a sign of general problems in the coalition.

But more than concern about the government, I am concerned about the upcoming Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron. Lag B'Omer is less than 3 months away. Porush was the great white hope for getting the Meron celebrations back on track in a way that would be both safe and celebratory. Can anyone else take over at this point and make a successful event? Possibly but there is not much time left. 

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  1. What's wrong with the police running it as they'd run any large event? That's what happened last year.

    1. not sure exactly what but there was a lot of criticism of last years event that the regulations stripped it of all celebratory spirit, plus it was shut down in the middle of the day or something like that. Porush was supposed to revive it and make a celebration that would be safe and celebratory.


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