Deri to Yishai: Recordings Don't Exist, Pipe Down

After Yishai threatens to release clip that will bring Shas to its knees, party chair Aryeh Deri attacks him for continuing smear campaign.

Reut Hadar, Cynthia Blank ,

Eli Yishai, Aryeh Deri
Eli Yishai, Aryeh Deri
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Elections are approaching and the battle between Shas leader, Aryeh Deri, and the party's former chairman, Eli Yishai, is not letting up.

Yishai, who broke from Shas in December to form the Yachad-Ha'am Itanu party, threatened recently to distribute yet another videotape of Shas' spiritual leader, the late Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.  

This recording, Yishai claims, is so damning for the party that its publication will ensure that Shas does not pass the Knesset threshold. 

Deri hit back Monday, sharply attacking Yishai during a radio interview with Galey Israel. 

The Shas Chairman opened the interview by stating adamantly that if Yosef were still alive, Yishai would not have dared to break away from the party nor continue to attack Deri in the press. 

 "A man who was Shas chairman for 13 years received a deposit. He didn't want to return it, until Rabbi Ovadiah forced him to return this deposit," Deri charged. 

"He knows that if Maran [Yosef] were alive, he would not have dared to do this, but not 'everything's in the name of Maran.' He never recorded anything, but he always uses this threat and others. Forget it, I think the public understands the principle."

Throughout the interview, Deri continued to attack Yishai, as well as his new party, which is running on a technical bloc joint list with Otzma Yehudit. 

"A party has arisen whose only goal is a matter of personal ego. There is nothing its different factions have in common. It's just a technical bloc to pass the threshold."

"And now he has the courage to come, you need to have a lot of audacity to come and threaten, that what? If you have materials, release them. But you don't, so stop talking," Deri fumed. 

"Enough already. You keep saying that it's not your intention to hurt Shas, so then why are you starting any of these things at all?"