Deri: We'll Support Netanyahu

Shas chairman says his party would support Netanyahu, calls him to form a coalition “which goes by Begin’s social guidelines."

Ben Ariel ,

Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri
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Shas chairman Aryeh Deri on Wednesday reiterated that his party would support Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister after next week’s election.

In a new campaign video, Deri said Shas would support a coalition “which goes by [Menachem] Begin’s social guidelines. There is no other scenario.”

"Remember Menachem Begin? That’s the Likud we remember. He was the leader we loved. He was a leader who respected our tradition,” Deri said in the video, adding, “Shas and the Likud have always gone hand in hand. Shas was the soul of the Likud. Like a mezuzah on the door of a home.”

"In the last decade Likud sought new partners,” he continued. “One time [Ariel] Sharon goes with Tommy Lapid. A second time Bibi goes with Yair Lapid. Friends, what do you have to do with these people who only know how to take care of the rich? You saw what Lapid did to Bibi - he embittered his life. Two years and he brought down the government midterm. Isn’t that a shame? If we were in the government everything would have been different.”

The new campaign video marks the second time in a week that Deri has expressed support for Netanyahu.

A week ago, Deri hinted that his party would recommend Netanyahu for Prime Minister, saying, “We are with you Binyamin Netanyahu. Our public and your public are brothers.”

However, the Shas chairman has also in the past declared that his party has “no sacred covenant” with the right and that it did not matter to the party whether Netanyahu or Yitzhak Herzog will be Prime Minister.

The latest video also comes a day after  Rabbanit Adina Bar-Shalom, daughter of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual founder of Shas, indicated at a conference that Shas is left-leaning when she said the party fears a “radical right government” and would push for a two-state solution.

Deri later indicated that there are “large gaps” between his party and the left, saying in a television interview that he would not agree to give away parts of Jerusalem but admitting he would agree to evict “isolated communities” as part of a peace deal.