Minister of Religious Affairs, MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, (Bayit Yehudi) who has silently absorbed a wave of insults in recent months, has vented his frustration at the leadership of the Shas hareidi-Sephardic party for not putting a stop to the abuse. The attacks reflect the tension between hareidim and religious Zionists, that peaked in the aftermath of recent elections.
Rabbi Ben-Dahan arrived to comfort mourners at the home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Z'tz'l, earlier this week, and was verbally attacked by a small number of hareidi supporters of Shas. "You are not worthy of mentioning his [Rabbi Yosef's] name, you are evil, destroyer of Israel," one man called out. Rabbi Ben-Dahan was also beaten and kicked at the funeral itself.