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Netanyahu Wants Shas In, But without Deri

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Over the weekend, Shas leader Aryeh Deri, one of the architects of the “stinking maneuver” that back in 1990 attempted to take down a right-wing government in favor of one led by Shimon Peres, stared straight at the Channel 2 camera and invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “pick up the phone and let’s negotiate right now a coalition government” together.

As it turns out, according to Walla, Netanyahu has been talking to Shas, but with Interior Minister Eli Yishai instead, behind Deri’s back.

When Aryeh Deri, having served his prison term for corruption charges, was imposed by Rav Ovadia Yosef on the two leaders of Shas, Yishai and Housing Minister Ariel Atias, common wisdom suggested that, sooner rather than later, Deri would emerge as the real party leader, the official water carrier for “Maran,” Rav Ovadia.

But, using the ancient tactic of divide and conquer, when Rav Ovadia had his minor stroke over the weekend, Netanyahu chose to send him his wishes for a speedy recovery not through Atias or Deri, but rather through Yishai.

Walla reports that Netanyahu and Yishai have been discussing “the day after” the January 22 elections, assuring him that the Interior portfolio will stay his, despite the fact that Avigdor Liberman, his co-leader at Likud-Beitenu, wants that ministry for his own faction.

And neither Netanyahu nor Yishai appear to include Aryeh Deri in their plans for the future.

Meanwhile, the Maverick Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, has been suggesting that Rav Ovadia Yosef is not fully in charge at Shas. Obviously, Rav Ovadia’s condition has seriously deteriorated recently—Rabbi Yizhak has suggested, according to Walla, that he lost the hearing in one ear.

With two former Shas supporters, Rabbi Amnon Yizhak and Rabbi Haim Amsalem, running independent lists and splitting the Sephardi vote, Shas may end up without the goods needed to usher it into the next government.

Aryeh Deri is Back… in Shas

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Kikar Shabbat is reporting that Aryeh Deri, the former head of the Shas party will be returning to Shas.

A contract is being drawn up stating that both Eli Yishai (the current head of Shas), and Aryeh Deri will agree to work together. Rav Ovadiah Yosef will determine who will gets to be the party chairman, and what job each man gets.

Rumor has it that Deri will be appointed as party chairman, while Yishai will be pushed down to the number 2 slot, but in consolation will be the party’s chief minister (which he currently is anyway).

Shas leadership is apparently worried that if Deri forms his own party, he will take away many of Shas’s seats in the Knesset.

It is believed that Ariel Atias was one of the driving force behind the scenes in making this deal happen.

Deri was forced to step down as the head of Shas after he was convicted of bribery and other charges in 1999.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/aryeh-deri-is-back-in-shas/2012/10/10/

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