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Jerusalem - Yishai staying in Shas, Deri says

Published on: December 8, 2014 11:56 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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File photo of Eli Yishai (L) and Former Shas party Chairman Aryeh Deri (R) shaking hands. EPA/ABIR SULTANFile photo of Eli Yishai (L) and Former Shas party Chairman Aryeh Deri (R) shaking hands. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Jerusalem - Shas chairman Arye Deri declared on Monday during a faction meeting in the Knesset that unity had been achieved within the party, referring to the long-running feud between himself and former chairman Eli Yishai.

“Gentlemen, we are all united,” he said.

Deri is thought to have offered Yishai the No. 2 spot on the party’s electoral list as well as a ministerial portfolio should Shas join the next government.

Despite Deri’s announcement, sources close to Yishai said that nothing had been agreed, and the MK himself was absent from the meeting, reportedly entering only after the press left.

“Not everyone is here, some are tending to other duties,” Deri said of Yishai’s absence.

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“I am very moved by the tears of worry that have been shed for Shas in recent days,” he said sarcastically, referring to the speculation surrounding Yishai and any possible move he might make to split from the party, either to establish his own political movement or to join forces with other political players.

“Shas is united, take this off your daily agenda. There was a small problem between the spouses, but like in all families we came to an arrangement. Thank God we have peace in our home, go and search in other places, and if anyone needs a marriage counselor, I am willing to volunteer,” quipped Deri.

Sources close to Yishai, however, said that no agreement had been reached and other options were still open to the disgruntled MK.

Yishai has been examining the possibility of running on a joint list with Tekuma leader and Construction Minister Uri Ariel, who is currently engaged in a dispute with Bayit Yehudi over where Tekuma representatives will be placed on the joint electoral list.

Tekuma is a separate party, but ran in 2013 on a joint list with Bayit Yehudi.

Deri once again denied that any political deal had been reached between the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite haredi MKs Ya’acov Litzman of United Torah Judaism and Yitzhak Cohen of Shas providing crucial votes to approve the transfer of NIS 3.6 billion to the Defense Ministry in a tempestuous hearing of the Knesset Finance Committee earlier on Monday.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 01:01 AM Anonymous Says:

Whats the difference which of these two political hacks (and one felon) or both end up on the list of Shas MK candidates since the outcome is the same. You could put two donkeys on the ballot as long as they both agreed to mechanically vote as ordered by R Yosef jr. Maybe its time for a frum party that will have candidates capable of thinking for themselves rather than puppets of some rav.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 06:01 AM MarkTwain2 Says:

Deri promotes himself as if he is OM when in reality he leads a losing dwindling party.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 11:35 AM Anonymous Says:

"Sources close to Yishai, however, said that no agreement had been reached and other options were still open to the disgruntled MK."

Deri is full of it. Well, a BIG has-biner.

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 Dec 09, 2014 at 02:29 PM HappyOlah Says:

Putting Yishai in is a step in the right direction, but I will never vote for a party that has Deri!

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