Threats Against Bloggers By a Community that Does not Want the Truth to Come to Light – Keeping Their Own in Darkness…

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SILENCING TRUTH – HIDING DARKNESS… HARASSMENT AND THREATS

We are fully reposting from  a facebook post on Clarkstown What They Don’t Want You to Know (Clarkstown, New York) They have sited to a site called “Rise Up Ocean County” Threats and harassment appear to be the modus operandi of anyone attempting to silence scrutiny. Shoot the messenger if you cannot shoot down the message.

It should be noted that over the last 48 hours the blogger now associated with LostMessiah has been threatened, harassed and had her personal information left in the comments section of various articles. That last one we decided to delete, with the full expectation that it will be thrown out there again. 

One can only imagine, if this is the way those feeling threatened within the ultra-Orthodox community respond to websites and posts that bring darkness within their community to light, then how do they treat those from within that community who want to escape, those who have gone off the derech (OTD). We are raised in supportive families and communities.

Many from within who want to leave, become entirely isolated. It’s something to think about. 

 

A Documentary About Ocean County, New Jersey In The Year 2030 Stirs Religiously Based Protests And Threats Of Violence

In what could be called an embarrassing case of “premature denunciation”, some decidedly anti-First Amendment persons have condemned the documentary ‘Ocean County 2030’ produced by the admins of the Facebook page “Rise Up Ocean County” which has not yet been released and the protestors have not yet seen.

This grandiose and infantilizing “We will decide for all of you what can be discussed in our community” attempt at a religiously-based power grab will take the form of a so called “multi-faith” press conference.

The ‘Rise Up Ocean County’ Facebook group has been growing it’s numbers and truth telling on a level that has taken the corrupt powers in NJ completely by surprise.

They seem genuinely frightened by the political awakening going on among the citizenry.

Rather than debate the facts, the bloc puppets seem to be debating whether the facts can be debated at all.

Given this documentary has not been released we will not comment on its content or message, but we can say in the general sense that history plays out with the corrupt trying to take away the rights of the abused at the exact moment when the abused decide to articulate their mistreatment.

We here at CWTDWYTK feel for those abused by the anti-goyim behaviors of the Frum Supremacists gathering in parts of NJ. The residents of Rockland County are also experiencing similarly painful mistreatment being called on a daily basis “anti-Semites” and worse.

Therefore, we wish RUOC well in exposing to a wider audience the abuse they have been suffering by the bad behaviors of those unfortunately suffering from a debilitating bondage of their minds.

We too have seen some of these manipulative, yet laughable, “press conferences” in Rockland County where ill-mannered elected officials, such as Legislator Aron Wieder, step to a live microphone and with little education, no skills, and no facts, try to play victim politics.

We suspect the New Jersey bloc operatives and bloc puppets when they have to verbally fend for themselves will prove equally inept.

Therefore we wish the admins of RUOC good luck in continuing to exercise their right to free speech and we join them in their refusal to be coerced into silence by religious zealots.

As soon as the Ocean County 2030 documentary is available we will publish it for the citizens of Rockland County to discuss.

Here is the “Press Advisory” calling all to apparently pray together for the end of free speech …….

PRESS ADVISORY: Multi-Faith Press Conference Calling on Jackson NJ Township To Condemn Anti-Semitic Documentary

When: Wednesday, February 13th 2019 7:00 PM

Where: Outside the Town Hall Main Meeting Room 
95 W Veterans Highway 
Jackson, NJ

What: A multi-faith press conference calling on the Jackson NJ Township to pass the proposed ordinance condemning Rise Up Ocean County’s production and distribution of their announced OC2030 anti-Semitic documentary and related trailers that have already demonstrated a clear anti-Semitic and divisive intent among the people of Ocean County.

This ordinance is the identical ordinance already passed by Township of Lakewood NJ and is being requested of Toms River and the County Board of Chosen Freeholders as well.

Contact:
Michael Cohen (917) 817-9753

http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx…

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Rise Up Ocean County

 

On the heels of Lakewood passing a resolution opposing the efforts of Rise Up Ocean County and referring to us as anti-Semitic and in the aftermath of being labeled a hate group that hides behind the anonymity of a Facebook page by Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles in the latest edition of Mizrachi magazine, we were contact via Facebook messenger by Steven Wagner. After reviewing his page he seems to be a legitimate user with ties to guns.His initial message involved a series of photographs, our reply was to ask why he was sending them to us.His answer was “Because you should know, as Virulent Antisemites, not all of us are “Black Hats”…..Some of us are Secular Militant Hebrew Combat Veterans”When we asked if he was implying that secular militant Hebrew combat veterans meant to do harm to someone his answer was succinct: “I’ve been to Prison and Don’t Mind Going Back, McDouche!”This is not the first bit of hate mail that we have received but he also included a link to the story about Lakewood passing their resolution and a multi-faith press conference scheduled for Jackson on Wednesday February 13, 2019.To our knowledge no one in our group has ever suggested violence against anyone, not ever. This is the 26th and most threatening private message that we have received to date.We share this with all of you so that you can understand the lengths to which some have gone to silence us. When elected officials irresponsibly throw gasoline on a fire to satisfy a constituency they should be held to account not only for their actions but the actions that follow.

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Ultra-Orthodox Community and Drug Abuse, OTD or Otherwise, it’s Still a Community Problem

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Elana Forman clawed her way toward the light of sobriety. Now, more than a year and a half later, the Teaneck, New Jersey, native – who now goes by Ellie – is a vocal member of a growing movement trying to save the lives of addicts in religiously conservative corners of Jewish America.NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/orthodox-jewish-community-confronts-once-hidden-issue-of-substance-abuse-1349635651577

Battling addiction in Orthodox Jewish community means breaking through silence

“The Orthodox attitude about drug problems is to stay quiet on the issue,” said one rabbi working as an advocate for those fighting addiction.
By George Itzhak and Dennis Romero

 

Elana Forman, 23, hit rock bottom near Palm Beach, Florida, where she stayed in motels for two weeks with someone she met in a recovery program.

“We left treatment to go shoot up heroin, pretty much,” she said. “And we were running in the streets down here. It was the worst, like, two weeks of my life. The two of us kind of went to a motel. It got really bad. We were held at gunpoint at one point.”

It ended, she said, with her “back in a detox center somewhere.”

Forman fought her way toward sobriety. Now more than a year and a half later, the Teaneck, New Jersey, native who goes by Ellie is a vocal member of a growing movement trying to save the lives of addicts in religiously conservative corners of Jewish America.

“The more Orthodox Jews that, you know, end up seeking help, it just raises awareness in general in the community,” she said.

It’s not easy, Forman said, for an Orthodox-raised woman to recall a dark and shameful chapter in her life. Particularly when her journey has seen her leave Orthodox Jewish life and observancy. Starting in her early teens, Forman was keenly aware that she didn’t quite fit in with her peers.

“The Orthodox Jewish traditions and such felt constricting to me. I felt no connection to it,” she said. “I was looking for whatever else there was in this life that would fill that hole that I felt.”

That “whatever else” ended up being alcohol, weed, painkillers, heroin, and “anything offered to me,” she said.

BREAKING THROUGH THE SILENCE

Talking about substance abuse and addiction in the Orthodox Jewish world is a difficult endeavor that Rabbi Zvi Gluck is well acquainted with. He grew up in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn and said that, “any insular community likes to remain in their bubble so that they deal with things themselves and not have to mix in the outside world into it.”

Rabbi Zvi Gluck has changed attitudes about opioid addiction in Queens, New York's Orthodox community.
Rabbi Zvi Gluck has changed attitudes about opioid addiction in Queens, New York’s Orthodox community.NBC News

Gluck knew early on that helping others was his calling in life because, as he says, “at the end of the day, every time we lose somebody, no matter how old or young, you’re not just losing that person. If we can even just save one life, as the Talmud says, you’ve saved an entire world.”

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

 

Bergen County, NJ Rabbinical Counsel to Oust Rabbi for Hiring a Female Rabbinic Intern – the Suppression of Women

In NJ, Orthodox rabbis vote to bar a colleague for training female clergy

TEANECK, N.J. (Jewish Standard via JTA) — Pushing back against efforts by liberal Orthodox Jews to allow women to serve as clergy, an Orthodox rabbinical council in northern New Jersey is preparing to oust a member for allowing a woman training for ordination to serve as an intern in his congregation.

The member is Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck.

After the Jewish Standard reported in November that Netivot had hired Marianne Novak to be a rabbinic intern, the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County amended its bylaws to push Netivot and Helfgot outside of its communal tent. Novak is studying for ordination at Yeshivat Maharat. When she is ordained, she will take the title either of rabbah or of rabbi.

The new RCBC bylaws do not allow as members rabbis of congregations that let women hold rabbinic positions or internships that are part of ordination programs.

“Roughly three quarters voted for it,” Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz, the RCBC’s president. Schiowitz leads Congregation Shaare Tefillah in this New York suburb and heads the Talmud department at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. He said he was among the minority that voted not to sanction Helfgot.

“People were concerned that Rabbi Helfgot’s association as part of the RCBC gave his hiring of a female rabbinic intern some sort of endorsement from the RCBC, which was concerning,” Schiowitz said.

The bylaw change does not take effect until September.

“We didn’t want to do anything drastic like have somebody terminate an agreement that was already made,” Schiowitz said.

Ordaining women as clergy, championed by Yeshivat Maharat, Orthodox feminists and the small but growing number of synagogues who have hired the ordainees, has divided a movement whose leaders hew to a strict interpretation of gender roles under their interpretation of halacha, or Jewish law. In 2017, the Orthodox Union banned its affiliated Modern Orthodox synagogues from hiring women clergy. The non-Orthodox Jewish denominations have ordained women as rabbis and cantors for decades.

The Bergen County rabbis’ council met twice to debate its response to the rabbinic intern. Helfgot spoke at both meetings, Schiowitz said.

Helfgot and other Netivot leaders declined to discuss the issue with the Jewish Standard. Helfgot issued a statement both praising the RCBC as an institution and expressing his “disagreement and disappointment” with its decision.

But the decision brought sharp criticism from Yigal Gross, an attorney who lives in Teaneck and is a member of four Orthodox congregations, among them Netivot. Last year he and his wife, Tamar Warburg, sponsored Novak’s predecessor, Dina Brawer, who also studied at Yeshivat Maharat.

Writing in a blog post in The Times of Israel, Gross said that singling out Helfgot for exclusion “seems like the bullying excesses of a mindless mob.”

Gross’s blog post brought into the light a story that Netivot leadership had hoped to keep quiet.

“The piece was not written with input from anyone in Netivot,” Gross told the Jewish Standard. “But the issues that are at stake here transcend the interests of one shul and women rabbis. They pale in comparison to the larger communal issue, which is how our rabbinic leaders treat their positions and treat our community.

“It’s absolutely out of step with the values of our community. They basically took the tactics of communal ostracism and isolation that you reserve for get refusers and sexual deviants and have employed it against people who disagree with their views,” he said. Men who refuse their wives a get, or Jewish divorce, are often ostracized by local rabbinic authorities.

“Never did I imagine that the reaction to the Maharat interns would be this,” Gross said. “I expected scholarship arguing against it. Instead of scholarship, what our community got was cowardice and bully tactics. The community shouldn’t accept it. This is something we see in haredi communities, not in the Modern Orthodox.

“This is not about members of the RCBC having to accept or support the idea of woman rabbis. Nobody ever asked or should ask them to do that.

“Netivot was on the receiving end of what happened this time. Next time it could be a different shul. Once our community accepts that our rabbis can use our communal institutions this way, everyone is fair game.”

Schiowitz said the RCBC was not trying to tell Netivot what to do.

“Netivot is an independent organization and its members have the right to make their own decisions for themselves,” he said. “In the same way, the RCBC is an independent organization and its members have the right to define itself and its bylaws. I believe that our decision was the result of thought-out, transparent and democratic process in which all members had a voice.

“It’s not the same as saying you’re not Orthodox. The RCBC sets its own standards,” Schiowitz said. “The majority of the RCBC members identify with the normative Orthodox institutions like the Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union. The RCBC is saying we want to be a traditional, normative, consensus-type Orthodox organization. If you want to be a trailblazer and do things that are not normative, that is your choice, but that would be outside of the RCBC.”

What would Schiowitz say to teenage girls who look to Yeshivat Maharat and its students as role models?

To read the article in its entirety click here.

Yeshiva Burning, Swastikas Painted – Barely any Coverage by Major Reports – Dancing on a Crime Scene – Anti-Semitism or Arson?

POST PITTSBURGH, AN ANTI-SEMITIC BURNING OF A YESHIVA SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED BROAD MEDIA COVERAGE AND OUTRAGE! DANCING AND CRICKETS…

Dear LostMessiah Readers:

There is something very wrong with the fire at Yeshiva Deah Yoreh on Monday, January 28, 2019 at approximately 5:38pm. Why was there no major coverage post-Pittsburgh. 

The Yeshiva, which actually is called Yeshiva Yoreh Deah (a rose by another name) and sits in a house on a property of about 100 acres, with a barn burned, though not completely, to ground and apparently several swastikas had been painted. It is unclear whether those painted were post-fire or pre-fire. But, if they were post-fire someone stood around and watched the Yeshiva burn. Why would someone stand around waiting for the burning and then paint swastikas or alternatively paint multiple swastikas, thereby spending lots of time on the property, and then set fire to it?

The whole think seems awry… actually… really quite suspicious.

The rabbi, Rabbi Lankry, was thankfully (b”h) not at home. But he, along Barry Weber, a famous wedding singer and well received concert signer are together in the video at the Yeshiva, seemingly celebrating. This makes absolutely no sense.

If you are a regular to this blog, you know that we see breaks in patterns, inconsistencies,  There is a pattern and practice of over-publicizing claims of anti-Semitism.  A Swastika, heaven forbid an anti-Semitic symbol and utterance of hate to be painted on a Yeshiva and not be covered by major press and Jewish organizations simply makes no sense.

Dov Hikind spoke on Wednesday night at Maimonedes Hospital in honor of Rabbi Tenenbaum’s third Yartzeit (the anniversary of his death) and not a single mention of this latest attack on Judaism and its tenets was raised in that speech. But he did speak of anti-Semitism. Perhaps there’s more to this then meets the eye? We think so. He must have known about the fire. News in that community spreads like wildfire and probably burned faster than the yeshiva. And yet… Crickets.

WHY IS THERE NO MAJOR COVERAGE OF  JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS IF THIS FIRE WAS INDEED AN INTENTIONAL HATE CRIME?

I reiterate the question: If this fire was anti-Semitism, why is there NO COVERAGE by the major organizations within the Jewish community? The ADL has not covered it. VosIzNeis has not covered it. No other Jewish communities have covered it.

AND WHY ARE THEY DANCING ON A CRIME SCENE?

See below what little coverage the fire received.

Upstate New York yeshiva set on fire and painted with swastikas

Incident being treated as a hate crime, state police say

Screenshot from a video posted to Facebook reportedly showing a swastika painted on a yeshiva in upstate New York. (Facebook screenshot)

JTA — A yeshiva located in upstate New York was set on fire and swastikas were spray painted on the building.

The incident at the Yeshiva Deah Yoreh, located on a former farm in White Sulphur Springs, occurred on January 28, but was first reported by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News on Wednesday afternoon.

Two barns on the property of the yeshiva, which combines education and farming, were damaged and numerous swastikas were painted on the walls.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime, state police spokesman Steven Nevel told the Journal News.

 

WATCH: Anti-Semites burn down New York yeshiva, paint swastikas

A Jewish institution near Monsey, New York called Yeshiva Yoreh Deah was set ablaze and vandalized with swastikas, leaving a charred mess in its wake.

Upstate New York yeshiva set on fire

Barns on Yeshiva Deah Yoreh set on fire, swastikas painted on yeshiva walls in White Sulphur Springs, New York.

A yeshiva located in upstate New York was set on fire and swastikas were spray painted on the building.

The incident at the Yeshiva Deah Yoreh, located on a former farm in White Sulphur Springs occurred on January 28, but was first reported by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News on Wednesday afternoon.

Two barns on the property of the yeshiva, which combines education and farming, were damaged and numerous swastikas were painted on the walls.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime, state police spokesman Steven Nevel told the Journal News.

The Influential Rabbis and Community Leaders who Side With Sexual Abusers… The Jewish media are culpable

Sexual Abuse, Shonda and Concealment in Orthodox Jewish Communities: Michael Lesher, McFarland & Company, 287 pps. $45.

By STEVE LIPMAN

The disgrace of sexual abusers (nearly entirely men) who identify themselves as Orthodox Jews is a well-known subject, covered extensively in recent decades in the Jewish and general media.

Lesher, an attorney whose specializes in this part of family law, is a longtime community activist on behalf of the victims of sexual abuse. He is an outspoken critic of what he sees as a failing of the Orthodox community he came to as an adult. His book concentrates on one disturbing aspect of the phenomenon – the propensity of Orthodox Judaism’s leaders and rank-and-file members, in the United States and Israel, to defend and support the abusers, at the expense of the victims and the victims’ families.

He writes, as he summarizes in the book’s introduction, about “how influential rabbis and community leaders have sided with the alleged abusers against their victims; how victims and witnesses of sexual abuse have been pressured, even threatened, not to turn to secular law enforcement for help; how autonomous Jewish ‘patrols,’ displacing the role of official police in some large and heavily religious Jewish neighborhoods, have played an inglorious part in the history of cover-ups; … how some Jewish communities have even succeeded in manipulating law enforcement officials to protect suspected abusers.”

This makes for a hard read, a searing indictment of putative religious Jews – from Modern Orthodox Jews to chasidic and the black hat, yeshivish community – who have in effect reintroduced a system of child sacrifice, sacrificing the interests of children (young boys and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of Orthodox Judaism’s sexual abusers) to those of the accused abusers and to the Orthodox community’s perceived image in wider society. According to Lesher, the children and their family members who take steps against abusers are usually regarded as traitors who unfairly harm the lives of the abusers and the abusers’ families; it’s “blame the victim” to an unconscionable degree.

Lesher painstakingly documents case after case of a communal mentality of Shah! What will the goyim think? It’s a mentality that bullies and ostracizes and often silences the victims who dare bring the crimes of Orthodox Jews to the secular criminal justice system and to any type of media. He writes of the indifference and hostility that the victims encounter. He covers the familiar territory of a corrupt beit din (rabbinic court) system and cites the self-serving misuse of Jewish law and of Jewish history to justify Orthodox Jews turning their backs on the victims. He describes, in the words of one chapter’s title, a “culture of denial,” an Orthodox community in which accusations against victims have become orthodox behavior.

Lesher names names – among them, the revered leaders of the Orthodox community – who, he claims, almost without exception help foster a cover-up of sexual abuse committed by ostensibly Orthodox Jews.

“’Cover-up’ is the only appropriate name for the deliberate evasion of a highly topical reality,” he writes. “I must add, sadly, that few in Orthodoxy have broken this code of silence.”

To read the remainder of the article, click here.

The Women Who Could One Day Save the World… and Judaism – starting with 3000 Chabad Women at a Gathering

From Crown Heights To The Congo – 3,000 Chabad-Lubavitch Women Gather To Make The World A Better Place

 at the annual International Chabad-Lubavitch Women's Conference dinner at the New York State Armory in Williamsburg.

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at the annual International Chabad-Lubavitch Women’s Conference dinner at the New York State Armory in Williamsburg.

 

WILLIAMSBURG — There are roughly 60 Chabad-Lubavitch synagogues in Brooklyn. A thriving retail corridor along Kingston Avenue hums with shoppers daily, just down the block from the movement’s international headquarters. But where do you get those services when you’re part of the religious sect and you live in China?

That and other service-related questions are what thousands of women leaders joined forces on last weekend during the annual Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. Now in its 28th year, the 5-day, annual event brings women from 50 states and 20 countries to Brooklyn from as far out as Beijing.

In mainland China, Dini Freundlich heads up a few Jewish-focused businesses in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. Only a few dozen Jews call the city their home, according to the 44-year-old. But for 30,000 Jewish tourists and nearly 2,000 transient residents studying, teaching or working abroad from 6 months to a year, the search for kosher food, a place of worship or religious instruction can be daunting. Freundlich and her family-run businesses that offer some of those services.

“We’re basically the one-stop Jewish address in China, she said of the 18-year-old business.

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Onlookers at the International Women’s Chabad-Lubavitch Women’s Emissary Conference at the New York State Armory)

This weekend Freundlich and other women leaders attended workshops throughout Brooklyn during the conference. There they exchanged ideas on how to serve members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement from Chicago to the Congo. Some seminars focused on mental health, from understanding troubled relationships to responding to tragedy or life changes.

The latter of which is the motivation of Chani Friedman’s food-related businesses in Israel. Friedman, 39, and her crew of 50 women make and deliver breakfast for mothers with newborns in her hometown Ashdod.

“You know after birth sometimes you wake up in the morning and all you want is a cup of coffee,” she said. Friedman also provides food delivery services to seniors in a program she equates to the states’ “Meals on Wheels” program.

But sisterhood seemed to drive most of the excitement for Friedman who has traveled to New York annually—except when she was pregnant—for the past 13 years. Like her, many attending the annual dinner at the New York State Armory in Williamsburg describe the 5-day event as “empowering.”

“When I come here it gives me a boost of energy for the whole year,” she said. “I get so inspired when I’m here.”

The international conference is a tribute to the late Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the revered leader of the Chabbad—Lubavitch Jewish movement in Crown Heights—Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Referred to as a reserved woman, Schneerson, is known for her service especially for the careful watch over the only women’s Yeshiva in the country, Machon Chava in Crown Heights. Since 1991, the conference of women leaders from all over has been paying homage to the late Rebbizen (wife of a Jewish Rabbi), who spent her final years in Crown Heights, the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Esther Winners’ journey to the Williamsburg gathering was just a taxi-ride away. Co-founder of Chabad Neshama Center in Brighton Beach hasn’t missed a conference since its 1991 start. Winners, 62, started her outreach mission 35 years ago when Southern Brooklyn had very few resources for Lubavitchers. Now with 50,000 Jewish families in the area, the shlucha (woman emissary) provides education services from pre-school to adult learning among other community programs.

“It’s very inspirational to see the global amount of women that give up their life — they give up all their personal fun stuff — to reach out and do what the Lubavitch Rebbe wants all of us to accomplish to make the world a better place.”

Of the 4,700 women Lubavitch leaders throughout the world, 3,000 attended the 28th conference.

Please read the article in its entirety here.

US Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Corruption, Subsidies for Ultra-Orthodox IDF Draft Dodging and a Government in Peril – Israel

Israel’s Government Collapses Amid Corruption Charges and Trump’s Mideast Chaos

The specific issue that brought down Bibi’s government was subsidies for ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers. Still, he thinks he’ll win at the polls again in April.

Amir Cohen/Reuters

JERUSALEM — In the most expected surprise declaration of 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the dissolution of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, and elections to be held in early April.

The move comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump roiled the region with the startling announcement he was immediately withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, and as his long-anticipated plan to renew peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appears to be have shriveled.

A 2019 electoral campaign was inevitable, in fact. Netanyahu’s four-year mandate runs out in November 2019, but Monday’s unforeseen move became inescapable when Netanyahu was unable to muster the necessary votes to pass a popular law levying heavier fines against orthodox Jewish seminary students who dodge Israel’s otherwise universal draft of 18-years-olds on religious grounds.

Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox coalition members opposed the law, and two opposition parties that had initially hinted at support withdrew it due to fears Netanyahu and his religious political partners had cut a secret deal providing financial compensation to counterbalance fines imposed on draft dodgers.

Elections have been in the air since Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation last month, which left the survival of Netanyahu’s coalition hanging by a single Knesset vote.

Lieberman has since taunted Netanyahu for his “government for survival,” but the prime minister remains the most popular leader in Israel’s rambunctious multi-part political process.

The next three months will see Bibi, as Netanyahu is widely known, confront unprecedented tests, none more challenging than his own precarious legal predicament.

Following police and state attorney recommendations that he be indicted on several corruption charges, senior Israeli jurists say his prosecution appears inevitable.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, an essential partner in any future Netanyahu government, restated on Monday that no minister, and no prime minister, can continue to serve if indicted.

Israel’s Justice Ministry issued a rare statement reassuring the public that its work in sifting through the legal recommendations will continue “as usual” despite the announcement of elections.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a Netanyahu appointee who will make the final determination, said at a conference last week that Israeli law has not yet had to decide whether a sitting prime minister may remain in office if facing legal prosecution.

In recent years, both a president and a prime minister resigned when facing almost certain indictment,. Both eventually served time in prison.

Speaking to a quickly assembled meeting of his parliamentary faction, and ignoring the legal drama, Netanyahu forecast victory in the April vote and said the coalition he currently leads—the most right-wing in Israeli history and one of the most volatile— is “the seed” for his future government.

Listing his administration’s achievements, Netanyahu ignored instability in the financial markets that saw the Tel Aviv stock exchange lose more than 5 percent of its value since U.S. President Donald Trump’s startling decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, where they have provided crucial support for Israeli efforts to contain and halt Iranian entrenchment.

Lauding his government’s “four full years of achievements,” Netanyahu praised Israel as “a growing power, with flourishing diplomatic ties” with continental powerhouse nations such as India, Brazil and Australia, far from Israel’s historic allies.

After extolling ties with “west and east Europe, and central Europe, and Latin America,” Netanyahu extolled Israel’s alliance “with the United States that has never been stronger, with the historic decision made by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy to Jerusalem.”

“Israel has the eighth most powerful military on earth,” he boasted to his followers. “It is hard to believe, Israel is not a large country, but serious institutions rank us that high.”