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  5/5/2013, Iyar 25, 5773

Rabbi Amsalem: They Did unto Yishai as He Did Unto Me


Former Knesset member Chaim Amsalem reacted, Sunday, to the ouster of Member of Knesset Eli Yishai from the leadership of the Shas party by saying Yishai was put through the same revolving door that Yishai put him through. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew Journal, Rabbi Amsalem said, "The moment that members of the house of Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph - meaning his son, daughter-in-law and Ariel Attias - decided that the grace of Eli Yishai, the revolving door also revolved on him...."

Rabbi Amsalem, who served out his Knesset term as a one-man faction, recalled how he was ousted from the Sephardic-hareidi party, as he put it, for fighting on behalf of Sephardic girls and calling for separation from Lithuanian-hareidi methods, as well as his view that there was a value to work and Zionism. He said Yishai was in a group that kept him from speaking directly with Rabbi Yoseph and the same thing happened to Yishai. Amsalem said he expected that Yishai's position of support for Zionism and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) would weaken and a more Lithuanian approach would be seen under returning Chairman Aryeh Der'i.