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Yishai’s Men Accuse Deri of Overtaking Shas ‘with Force and Cynicism’

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Two days after the departure of Rav Ovadia Yosef ZTL, the short knives appear to be unsheathed in Shas, the great man’s legacy of political empowerment for Israelis from Arab countries. According to Ma’ariv, parliamentary personnel identified with the MK Eli Yishai faction, have launched a harsh attack criticizing the moves and the behavior of the Shas faction’s newly appointed leader Aryeh Deri.

After having spent time in prison for embezzlement, Deri was reinstated by Rav Ovadia as part of a leadership troika in Shas and ran its election campaign. The Troika included then Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Housing Minister Ariel Atias. Despite the party’s ambiguous showing at the polls—they merely retained their 11 seats—MK Deri was promoted by ‘Maran’ (our master) Ovadia to the leadership post without partners.

Ever the crafty politician, Deri had no trouble utilizing his great mentor’s passing to promote his own standing.

“Deri’s behavior was despicable,” said the anonymous folks from Yishai’s circle. “He took over the funeral and the eulogies for political reasons. He put on an exaggerated show of crying and tears, and missed not a single channel or microphone. He talked about the father and the leader – but only last year he was threatening Rav Ovadia that he would run against him in a separate party. Back then he wasn’t all that worried about the great endeavor and the health of the ‘great father.’”

According to the same sources, speaking to Ma’ariv on condition of anonymity, Deri got involved in the order of the speakers at the funeral and even decided the content of the eulogies, to emphasize his own leadership role and establish a political fait accompli. And so, for instance, he only permitted former chief rabbi Shlomo Amar to only read from the Book of Psalms, “even though he was much more qualified than many others to say a eulogy for Rav Ovadia.”

According to the same sources, there has been a lengthy war between Deri and Rav Amar, over the appointment of Deri’s brother, Rabbi Yehuda Deri, to the post of chief rabbi – while “Maran” was fighting to instate his own son in that post (which he finally did).

Yishai’s people also criticized Deri for his call to unite around the Council of Sages, which they suspect will be picked by Deri himself.

Finally, Eli Yishai, the Shas leader who was at the helm for all the years in which Aryeh Deri was living in disgrace, was not asked to say a eulogy, despite his close relationship with the great man.

Eli Yishai himself told Kol Israel this morning that whatever had been said by his people was not done with his approval.

Deri’s anonymous people ridiculed the charges of their opponents, which included the anticipation of a major cleanup in Shas, leaving Deri with a list he can control.

“In the end, it was Rav Ovadia who marked the direction for the movement when he deposed Yishai and reinstated Deri,” they told Ma’ariv. “The rest is just talk.”

With Haredim Out of Govt. Summer Clock Will Be Stretched

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Israel Daylight Savings Time (DST) has long been a bone of contention between the religious and the secular communities. The extended summer clock is a major problem for religious Jews. I recall, back in New York, heading to the early minyan in pitch darkness in mid October, which was never enjoyable and also presented a problem in terms of when it was halachically appropriate to put on a tallit. Needless to say, I gravitated to the later minyanim, but that’s a luxury religious Jews in Israel cannot afford, as the work day here begins at 8 AM, and so they need to be done and in the car going to work by 7.

Traditionally, the Interior Ministry, which decides these things, has been held, more often than not, by a religious minister, and so, despite vociferous objections from secular Israelis who wanted their autumn days longer, DST usually ended here right before or right after the high holidays (nothing sweeter than a Yom Kippur fast that ends at 6 PM).

But now, following the great Lapid-Bennett victory, the new Interior Minister is Gideon Sa’ar, a secular Likudnik, who is bent on flexing some secular muscle on DST.

A committee that had been appointed by the outgoing Shas Interior Minister Eli Yishai—because the secular folks were pushing him relentlessly—extended the maximum DST period from 190 to 198 days, which the religious promptly protested but eventually accepted.

Now Minister Saar has appointed yet another committee to examine the issue, which should submit its report within a month, according to Yedioth Aharonoth, and if you don’t think it will recommend extending the daylight savings period then you haven’t listened to a word I’ve been telling you about Israeli coalition politics..

Haredi politicians from both black hat parties were smart enough to refuse to comment on the prospects of a longer DST, preferring not to ignite a new firestorm over this issue—which they couldn’t possibly put out. The votes are stacked against them.

For comparison, in Europe the summer clock is stretched over 218 days, and in the U.S. a whopping 239 days, which makes you wonder if the measly 126 winter clock period deserves to be named “Standard.”

Minister Saar wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: “The purpose of the committee is simple, to determine the best arrangement for the citizens of Israel, having examined all relevant aspects. I instructed the committee to hold hearings quickly and efficiently, in an effort to complete them within a month.”

And vote in favor of the secular.

This is one more area where the Israeli—and European—notion of democracy differs from the Anglo-Saxon. Over here, democracy means making sure the will of the majority is expressed in government decisions. In British-influenced civilized democracies, the purpose of legislation is to protect the interests of the minority.

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