News Briefs

  6/21/2013, Tammuz 13, 5773

Report: Peres Urged Der'i to Join Coalition

President Shim'on Peres urged Chairman Aryeh Der'i of the Sephardic-hareidi Shas party to join the ruling coalition during a meeting two weeks ago, according to a Friday-morning report by the Ma'ariv daily.

The newspaper cited the president as saying, "The current coalition will not last long. If we want to advance the peace process, there is a real need for Shas to join the government."