web analytics
May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Deri Loses 2 out of 3 Major Races, Jewish Home Wins Sephardi Enclaves

In an election that failed to alter the top of the municipal map, all the important changes took place in small places.
Shas Leader Aryeh Deri delivered in Beit Shemesh but lost Jerusalem—which was no surprise—and Shas core city of El'ad.

Shas Leader Aryeh Deri delivered in Beit Shemesh but lost Jerusalem—which was no surprise—and Shas core city of El'ad.
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Strong politicians come up with some inspired philosophical statements on their bad nights. I recall the Ed Koch’s famous “Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you,” possibly after his failed bid to take up residence in the governor’s mansion in Albany, NY. MK Avigdor Lieberman, who many say orchestrated Moshe Leon’s meteoric campaign to unseat incumbent Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, equaled the immortal Koch last night, with his own quip: “If you want to win, you need to know how to lose.”

Defeat: Moshe Leon (R) and Avigdor Liberman after they heard the Jerusalem municipal elections results last night. No one was surprised.

Defeat: Moshe Leon (R) and Avigdor Liberman after they heard the Jerusalem municipal elections results last night. No one was surprised.

But while Moshe Leon, the accountant who switched his residency from Givatayim in the Tel Aviv area to Jerusalem just under the wire, was expected to lose, his patrons, Israel Beiteinu strong man Lieberman and Shas strong man Aryeh Deri, who labored tirelessly to unseat Mayor Barkat, walked away strong, as their man picked up 45 percent of the votes. The incumbent took 51 percent, but it remains to be seen whether the city council he received from the voter would be governable.

In my humble opinion, the entire Jerusalem campaign was not so much about unseating Barkat—not a realistic goal in anyone’s book—but about offering an alternative on the national level. The pairing to such an extent of Deri and Lieberman in this campaign will not end in this municipality, important though it is. As the Shas leader himself has put it, he is envisioning a coup in the government, involving removing Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home and substituting it with Shas and the Haredi UTJ. It’s a logical move, especially should the “peace talks” start making their impact and the right wing of Netanyahu’s coalition starts quaking. No matter what one may think about such a move, it cannot be attempted without Avigdor Lieberman’s support.

Aryeh Deri did sustain a painful defeat in the city of El’ad, outside Petach Tikva in central Israel. El’ad has been long synonymous with Sephardi-Haredi politics, and Deri, while knowingly fighting a losing battle that nonetheless had to be waged in Jerusalem, was determined to win in El’ad. The competition was between Deri’s candidate Tzuriel Krispel, and the UTJ, Haredi-Ashkenazi candidate Israel Porush, son of UTJ MK Meir Porush.

Late last night it was reported that Porush has won, and, adding insult to injury, it appears that a full 30 percent of this largely Haredi city Sephardi voters preferred the Ashkenazi candidate over “their own.”

So far, of the three major campaigns Deri has waged this time around, he only won in Beit Shemesh (more on that in a few paragraphs).

Minister of Economics and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett in a photo op with party ops in Lod, one of the Jewish Home wins last night.

Minister of Economics and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett in a photo op with party ops in Lod, one of the Jewish Home wins last night.

Jewish Home did well last night, considering its size and the municipal battles it picked. The party candidates have won three peripheral mayoralties: Alon Davidi is the new mayor of the rocket battered Sderot, Eliyahu (Lello) Zohar will run Kiryat Malachi, and Yair Revivo took the city of Lod.

All three places are heavily Sephardi and working class. In earning the voter’s faith in those three places, Bennett’s people are signaling that the Haredi-Sephardi Shas is no longer the only option for social mobility. And Bennett, as minister of the economy, is in a unique position to make this a stellar success story for his people.

last night, in Kiryat Malachi, the southern town that’s become synonymous with lingering poverty and neglect, Bennett made a “Shehechyanu” blessing (I suppose saying Hallel would have been too much even for Jewish Home), and said: “Something new begins tonight in Kiryat Malachi. They Jewish Home returns to the periphery and the periphery returns to the Jewish Home at this moment.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Deri Loses 2 out of 3 Major Races, Jewish Home Wins Sephardi Enclaves”

  1. Miriam Goodman says:

    This is a message to Deri that most people do not want to see him or anyone he supports in power. Hope he gets the message before he totally destroys Shas.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good. I hope Shas splits in 2 and Yishai's faction joins Jewish Home or Likud. Deri can stick with the leftists and Arabs he loves so much.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
PA flag at soccer game.
Pro-Palestinian Protesters Invade FIFA Congress
Latest News Stories
PA flag at soccer game.

They stopped Blatter from speaking, waved PA flags and demanded “Israel out.”

Shearing Sheep

Reishit HaGez is the giving to the Kohen the first cuttings of the fleece of sheep grown in the Land of Israel (based on Deut. 18:4: “You are to give them the first fruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep.”). Most Jews cannot […]

Missionaries in the Tel Aviv area.

Postal officials refuse mailmen’s request to be relieved of the job to deliver Baptist cult material that may be illegal.

The design of the forthcoming Kedem Center, a visitor's center for Jerusalem's City of David.

Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David […]

The Orthodox Union, B’nai Brith and the Houston Federation are pitching in.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared Sunday, May 31 as “Celebrate Israel Day,” when thousands of Israeli Americans, Jews and supporters of Israel are to attend the Celebrate Israel Boston Festival sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Israeli-American Council Boston Chapter. Gov. Baker noted that Israel remains “a tremendous partner, economically and culturally,” to […]

The “rabbi “may be a “reverend” who allegedly was not revered by Ice Cube’s bullies.

Israeli PM Netanyahu talks about his vision for regional cooperation with Arab nations.

Hadera drew the attention of El Paso officials for the city’s desert environment, a large electric power plant, desalination plant and manufacturing complex, and the high-tech incubation programs at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, located 30 miles away.

A day devoted to “peaceful co-existence” in Jerusalem was marred by Arab “anti-normalization” thugs.

At least a dozen people are reported to have been killed in the attack, and another 30 wounded.

The labor union at Israel Railways warned Thursday that workers plan to strike on Sunday.

They’re just rackng up the Iranian generals….

The Nusra front now controls all the cities in the province, which shares a border with Turkey.

A yeshiva student from Jerusalem was found lifeless Thursday after he apparently drowned while swimming in nearby Beit Zayit.

PM Netanyahu warns FIFA that Palestinian blackmail will ultimately kill the international soccer federation which hopes to expel Israel from the group.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/deri-loses-2-out-of-3-major-races-jewish-home-wins-sephardi-enclaves/2013/10/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: