The ultra-Orthodox Jewish press signaled an unexpected alliance on Thursday when it announced that Education Minister Naftali Bennett was making an about-face in his ministry’s relations with the ultra-Orthodox community.

Bennett was quoted on the front page of the Degel Hatorah newspaper Yated Ne’eman as saying, “We are opening a new page in our relations with the Haredi public.” Bennett made his statements during a visit Wednesday to an ultra-Orthodox school in Yavne.

… The conciliatory messages toward Bennett come against the background of a conflict with the ultra-Orthodox section in his ministry. Shas and United Torah Judaism expect Bennett to cancel incentives to teach core courses in ultra-Orthodox schools.