Co-chairman Aryeh Der'i of the Sephardic-hareidi Shas party apologized and issued a retraction, Friday morning, for remarks on Thursday that Chairman Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beyteinu party only represents "Russians and whites". Interviewed on Galei Yisrael radio, Der'i explained that he spoke in the heat of the moment, based on a page of messages he was given, while noting that he returned to politics in order to take care of minority populations.
In making the apology, Der'i said, "It's not my style. I've never spoken like that. They are my brothers."