Coalition crisis analysis: And Ya’acov went out

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayetze, begins with the words “and Ya’acov went out,” referring to Jacob the Patriarch leaving Beersheba.

On Friday, Israeli politics’ Ya’acov, as in Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, made a dramatic exit of his own, from the coalition.

Technically, Litzman hasn’t resigned yet – he said on Friday he would do so if rail repairs were done by Jewish workers on Shabbat.

But, because the work happened on Saturday night, his resignation seemed like a foregone conclusion.

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