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Eli Yishai Receives Death Threats

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Unlike normal MKs who receive death threats for their connection to the Temple Mount, Eli Yishai was threatened to be stabbed if he left the Shas party. Yishai received several phone calls threatening his life.

When party head Aryeh Deri was sent to jail, Eli Yishai successfully took over the Shas party. But once Deri was released and the law permitted it, Rav Ovadiah Yosef, the party’s founder and spiritual head, put Deri back in charge.

Once Rav Ovadia died, Deri’s sidelining of Yishai become more open. But there was a fear among Deri’s supporters that Yishai would leave Shas and take half the party with him.

With elections coming up, Yishai had been examining his options to either form a new party, or join someone else’s party instead of running under Deri’s rule.

Yishai is considered the more popular leader among Shas voters.

Elections Likely after Purim Parties but MKs Already Take Off Masks

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Barring Divine Intervention, the Knesset will vote to dissolve itself but not forever, and new elections likely will be held in mid-March, perhaps the week after Purim.

Elections are exactly what no one in the country wants, except for a few sadists who pose as politicians.

It will cost the country about $500 million, and it will leave Israel without a budget just when there is little shine left on the image of the once-fabulous Israeli economy that has weakened under the weight of government-sanctioned monopolies that extort the public for obscene profits, and under the burden of eternal security unrest, whether it come from Gaza, Syria, Ramallah or Washington.

As The Jewish Press reported here earlier today, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Yair Lapid, one of his alleged partners, to stop rocking the boat or get off.

Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party and who was Israel’s glamour boy two years ago when his new party grabbed 19 seats in the Knesset, took the first raft he could find and jumped ship.

With an ego bigger than the size of the fat lady in the circus, Lapid could not possibly accept Netanyahu’s terms to stay in the government.

For his part, the Prime Minister’s ultimatums were a public political flogging of Lapid.

Elections cannot be held until90 days after the end of a government, according to the law that ensures that every Israeli citizen suffer the maximum punishment and still survive.

The projected timeline for new elections is a vote on Wednesday to dissolve the Knesset, with the final decision and date being set next week, revolving around the Jewish holidays. Before then, President Reuven Rivlin will go through the motions to offer someone else a chance to form a make-believe government.

The most likely date for elections is the week after Purim. The second possibility and a lot less likely one is mid-April, when Israel returns to normal after Passover and is involved with Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Lapid and Netanyahu’s lieutenants in the Likud party already are throwing around enough dirt to cover the entire Knesset, which sometimes sounds like a good idea.

Lapid accused Netanyahu of making deals with the Haredi parties to enlist their support by bribing them with money for yeshivas and easing conditions of the universal draft, as demanded by Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas Sephardi Haredi party.

Likud ministers responded by throwing poison darts at Lapid’s performance as Finance Minister.

Lapid’s big-ticket populist banner has been the “Zero VAT” panacea that is supposed to make housing affordable for the middle class by eliminating the 18 percent Value Added Tax on the purchase of new homes.

Netanyahu obviously took this into account and figures that Lapid is going to use Zero VAT to try to con the voters into backing him.

If Lapid thinks he can fool all of the people all of the time, the con game would work, but Israeli voters are not as stupid as their leaders. The whole Zero VAT scheme is has so many conditions and so many limitations that it would help no more than a few thousand families.

Lapid knows his popularity in the polls is almost as low as the ethics of certain Knesset Members, as far-fetched as that seems. He is counting on the Israel’s anti-Netanyahu media, with the exception of Sheldon Adelson’s Israel HaYom, to lead his campaign.

Ditto for the pathetic and hapless Tzipi Livni, an intelligent woman who took the wrong turn when she entered politics. Her party of six MKs is another alleged partner in the coalition, in which she has spent most of her time kissing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s pinky for the Peace Process.

She spent Tuesday by calling the Netanyahu government, of which she has been a partner, “paranoid and extremist,” and she said she is different from the government because she is a “Zionist,” about as nasty remark as possible, even for an Israeli politician.

Shas: For 0% VAT on Basic Goods, We’ll Join Coalition

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Shas head Aryeh Deri said this evening on Radio Kol Chai that if Netanyahu met his two non-negotiable conditions, Shas could join the coalition.

The first condition is removing the VAT tax on basic items [editor: such as bread, milk, fruits and vegetables], instead of Lapid’s plan to remove VAT on select apartment sales.

The second is raising minimum wage to NIS 30/hour.

The implication of the first condition is that Yair Lapid’s party would no longer be part of the coalition.

Who Are You? And Do You Want 1 Chief Rabbi or 2?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

How embarrassing.

Shas’s incoming member of Knesset, Yoav Ben-Tzur, who replaced outgoing MK Ariel Attias, wasn’t allowed into the Knesset Plenum for his first official vote.

The security guard wasn’t informed that there was a new Knesset member in attendance, so he wouldn’t let freshman MK Ben-Tzur in, no matter how much Ben-Tzur argued that he indeed was a new MK and he had to go in to vote.

Eventually, Shas’s party boss, MK Aryeh Deri walked by and confirmed to the Knesset guard that Ben-Tzur was, in fact, a new member of Knesset.

The vote was a first reading (of three) on whether there should only be one Chief Rabbi of Israel, instead of two like we have now.

22 voted for one chief Rabbi, while 14 voted against.

Shas Party Defies Deri, Goes to Amar Family Wedding

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Shas party is probably not as unified over voting in a specific presidential candidate for president as some might believe. It’s probably not unified at all.

On Monday night, Shas MK Eli Yishai and Likud president-hopeful MK Ruby Rivlin were seen sitting side-by-side at a wedding for the grandson of former Chief Rabbi, Rav Shlomo Amar.

In fact, except for Shas leader Aryeh Deri and Ariel Attias, all the Shas MKs showed up, despite the tremendous pressure placed on them not to go to the wedding.

The battle behind the scenes is over who is spiritual heir to former Shas founder Rav Ovadia Yosef and of Sephardim in general. Most Sephardim appear to be leaning towards Rav Shlomo Amar, who is considered a halachic genius and successful chief rabbi. Aryeh Deri sees Rav Amar as a political threat to his Sephardic hegemony.

At one point Rav Amar blessed Eli Yishai, who Deri had deposed as party head, saying, “May all your enemies fall before you, and may you be raised up, and succeed in all your undertakings.”

In practical terms, Shas, under Aryeh Deri, is more likely to be ordered to cast a vote for Dalia Itzik than for Ruby Rivlin. But as the vote for president is done by secret ballot, we’re more likely to see Yishai’s faction within Shas voting for Ruby Rivlin.

Among other guests who made an appearance were the two current chief rabbis, one of whom is related through marriage to Rav Amar, former chief rabbis, judges, both Ashkenaz and Sephardi yeshiva heads, as well as Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat who sported a fashionable knitted Kipa.

If weddings parties were coronations, then Rav Amar would be king.

And despite all the attention his grandfather was getting, the Chatan (groom) clearly enjoyed the wedding too.

Shas Continues Petty Attacks Against Rav Amar for Control Over Sephardim

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

It was a first for Shas, when the spiritual leader of the Sephardic-Haredi party was chosen by the politicians, rather than the politicians being chosen by the spiritual leaders, Shas’s Council of Torah Sages.

Until now, Rav Ovadia Yosef ruled the Shas party with an iron fist and making all the major decisions, but since his death, and even a little before, the party has been effectively ruled by the Shas party chief, Aryeh Deri.

On the face of it, the current battle Shas is fighting is over who will be considered the spiritual heir of Rav Ovadia, and they hope by default, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic community.

It’s that last part which guarantees Shas votes for the Knesset.

On one side there is former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, an acknowledged Torah giant and until Aryeh Deri’s political coup, the heir-apparent of Rav Ovadia as spiritual leader of the Sephardic community. But to his political disadvantage (and to his credit), Rav Amar is not part of the Shas party’s inner circle.

On the other side is Aryeh Deri, who is empowering rabbis he believes are aligned with him politically, further entrenching his position as the party’s leader to whom everyone answers.

Kikar Shabbat, a Haredi news website controlled in part by a member of the Yosef family, has been reporting what they describe as the political fight between Rav Amar and members of the Yosef family. The latest is over which politician visited whom during Pesach and for the Mimouna.

For Shas, these political visits provide much needed legitimacy to their rabbis and their party, and are thus very important. It is just as important for them that political leaders don’t visit Rav Amar, as they see those visits as undermining the legitimacy of their politically chosen spiritual heirs.

Kikar Shabbat even discusses which official robes Rav Amar wears as former chief rabbi and how that is an attempt to undermine their spiritual leaders. And during the most heated period before Rav Ovadia’s death, Kikar Shabbat even stopped using the honorific titles they grant senior rabbis they approve of.

But the Kikar Shabbat article that really shows how petty the Shas blood-feud really is, is the babyish article that attempts to denigrate Rav Amar as contradicting his own halachic rulings, entitled, “In contradiction to his own past rulings, Rav Amar will light the bonfire after Shabbat”.

Previously, Rav Amar gave a ruling that on Lag B’Omer, the traditional bonfires should not be lit right after Shabbat when it falls out then, but instead, anytime throughout the next day. This is to avoid any possible desecration of the Shabbat.

This year Lag B’Omer falls out right after Shabbat.

Kikar Shabbat reports out that Rav Amar sent out invitations to his bonfire which will take place on Saturday night at the graveside of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai.

The Shas controlled website “innocently” asks, why is Rav Amar contradicting his own rulings, and running his bonfire on Saturday night.

Sources close to Rav Amar pointed out to Kikar Shabbat that Rav Amar is running the bonfire on Sunday morning at 3 AM, and that doesn’t contradict the previous ruling, which explicitly permits bonfires “any time throughout the next day,” which includes 3 AM Sunday morning.

Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report.

The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen.

Aryeh Deri is the political leader of the party. Deri displaced Eli Yishai, who was interim leader for the years that Deri was in jail, and until he was allowed to return to politics.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shas-party-appoints-new-spiritual-leader/2014/04/18/

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