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Deri:I wouldn't oppose sitting in Lapid government

Shas head Aryeh Deri says that he would sit in a government with Yair Lapid, but Netanyahu would still be favored candidate for PM.Haim Lev, 9/15/2016, 2:13 PM

New poll: Yesh Atid rises, Shas collapses

Channel 1 poll finds that Lapid's party would win 27 seats if elections were held today. Likud down to 23, Shas barely passes the threshold.Orli Harari, 9/11/2016, 4:15 AM

Shabbat crisis: Haredi position split

Shas head Aryeh Deri promises no coalition crisis over Shabbat construction, causing disgruntled UTJ MKs to weigh their options.Ben Shaul, 9/8/2016, 9:29 PM

Justice Min. demands more women in relig. councils

New directive outlines minimal representation of women on councils, says at least 1/3 of of council members must be women.Shlomo Pyotrovsky, 9/4/2016, 8:44 AM

Most Shabbat railway work cancelled

At the request of the haredi parties, 17 out of 20 railway infrastructure projects that were to be carried out on Shabbat are cancelled.Chaim Lev, 9/2/2016, 12:14 AM

Coalition crisis averted

Netanyahu orders Shabbat work on train lines restricted to potentially life-threatening situations.Hezki Baruch, 8/26/2016, 10:48 AM

Haredi ultimatum: Our Shabbat, or your coalition

The heads of the haredi parties have given Netanyahu 24 hours to end the train works on Shabbat, or they will break the government.Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 9:10 PM

Transportation Minister: "I can't get involved"

"I can't get involved in train works which take place on Shabbat"Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 7:05 PM

'Haredim are our allies, I won't betray them'

'The haredi public is right-wing,' says Bennett. 'We have a firm, lasting alliance with them.'Haim Lev, 8/25/2016, 1:51 PM

Jewish Home party 'natural place for Sephardim'

Former maverick Shas MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem explains to Arutz Sheva his decision to join the Jewish Home party.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/19/2016, 4:07 PM

Rabbi Haim Amsalem joins Jewish Home party

Rabbi Haim Amsalem, formerly of Shas and Am Shalem, joins Jewish Home. Says he was motivated by their concern for Sephardim.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/15/2016, 9:52 AM

Former Shas MK David Tal dies at 66

Israeli politician and a four-time member of the Knesset, David Tal, has died following a serious illness at the age of 66.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/3/2016, 3:50 PM

Chief rabbis warn PM: No deals with Reform

Rabbis Yosef and Lau say Reform movement must not gain influence in Israel, especially at the Western Wall.Gil Ronen, 6/29/2016, 9:46 PM

Shas leader clarifies rhetoric against Jewish Home

'I love all Jews; everything I said was out of love', Rabbi Cohen tells Bennett during Shiva visit.Hezki Baruch, 6/22/2016, 10:25 PM

Wife of Shas spiritual leader hospitalized

Family calls on public to pray for wife of Rabbanit Yael Cohen, wife of Rabbi Shalom Cohen.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/15/2016, 8:49 PM

Bill to exempt yeshivas from property tax advances

Proposal to reach Knesset Assembly on Wednesday. Interior Ministry agrees to cover the cost.Haim Lev, 6/14/2016, 7:38 AM

Desperate efforts to end Shas coalition crisis

Coalition chair meets Deri in attempt to end boycott over Channel 10 head's alleged racist comments, slams 'inappropriate remarks.'Hezki Baruch, 6/8/2016, 11:34 AM

Channel 10 scandal: New head says 'they framed me'

Sadan says Haaretz report faked racist remarks to oust him, denies friendship with Netanyahu landed the job.Hezki Baruch, 6/7/2016, 2:49 PM

Exposé: Shas jobs 'all in the family'

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri has been appointing several relatives and cronies to government positions, news agency reveals.Tova Dvorin, 5/17/2016, 9:12 PM

Is UTJ breaking up?

Degel HaTorah, Agudah factions of UTJ considering split. MK Maklev claims 'all options are on the table,' including joint run with Shas.David Rosenberg, 4/18/2016, 4:16 PM

Ousted Shas MK: Discrimination against Deri

Special interview: Former MK Nissim Ze'ev - whom Deri personally ousted - rushes to the minister's defense.Benny Toker, 4/15/2016, 8:58 AM

Shas spiritual leader to Deri: 'Keep up holy work'

Deri asks police to speed up their investigation into his activities 'in order to remove any doubts.'Haim Lev, 3/30/2016, 6:44 PM

Another senior politician also investigated

After Deri was named, report indicates second senior politician is being investigated for corruption since last elections.Ari Yashar, 3/30/2016, 8:28 AM

Social Justice: New party - for Sephardim

New political movement declares it's time for 'second Israel' to have its turn.David Rosenberg, 2/17/2016, 10:55 PM

Knesset welcomes new haredi MK

Former Bnei Brak city council member Yigal Guetta of Shas sworn into musical chair-like 34th Knesset.Hezki Baruch, 1/25/2016, 7:35 PM

Deri 'naturally' Interior Min. after ruling it out

Ex-Shas spokesperson explains Deri's response to criticism as he returns to post, 22 years after he abused it taking bribes and was jailed.Shimon Cohen, 1/11/2016, 6:36 PM

First openly-gay Likud MK responds to haredi snub

Likud's newest MK, Amir Ohana, says he'd be delighted if haredi MKs continued to absent themselves from his Knesset speeches.Ari Soffer, 12/29/2015, 10:54 AM

Yachad: Shas's 'libel' lost us the election

Yachad party candidates sue Shas activist over charges his rumor-mongering damaged party's chances of passing electoral threshold.Moshe Cohen, 11/19/2015, 9:48 AM

Govt. approves zero-VAT on public transportation

The government made two major compromises with its coalition partners in order to ensure that the state budget is passed by Wednesday.Moshe Cohen, 11/15/2015, 3:47 PM

Yishai rejects Deri's reconciliation offer

Yishai says Shas chairman's offer is nothing but a political spin.Ben Ariel, 11/13/2015, 3:15 AM

Deri makes reconciliation offer to Yishai

In huge political curve ball, Shas head proposes Yishai disband Yachad and return, offering to cover his campaign debts.Hezki Baruch, 11/12/2015, 10:26 PM

'Deri has seven mandates, is doing zero work'

Yachad head Yishai condemns Shas head for quitting Economics Ministry, and ignoring his campaign promises to the poor.Reut Hadar, 10/26/2015, 7:46 AM

Bill: Ban Chauvinist Parties from the Knesset

Bill on the table to ban parties from Knesset which refuse to include women - a practice notably and consistently held by haredi parties.Haim Lev, 10/18/2015, 1:11 PM

'Shabbat Train Shutdown Deri's Personal Agenda'

Transport Ministry officials say latest decision reflects Economy Minister's tendency to 'shirk all responsibilities.'Tova Dvorin, 9/27/2015, 1:13 PM

Uproar Over Train Shutdown for Shabbat

Israel rail workers aghast at Economy Ministry decision to shut down maintenance work on Shabbat noting travelers could be stranded.Tova Dvorin, 9/25/2015, 10:59 AM

Shas Official Accused of Years-Long Sexual Abuse

Israel Police are considering indicting a senior Shas employee suspected of sexually abusing his 33-year-old relative for 12 years.Cynthia Blank, 8/17/2015, 10:58 PM

Haredi Paper Attacks New Conversion Courts

Yom Leyom, the voice of haredi party Shas, comes out strongly against conversion courts that circumvent the Rabbinate.Moshe Cohen, 8/13/2015, 10:56 AM

Minister: Bring Haredi Extremists to Justice

Economics Minister Aryeh Deri condemns mob which injured firemen on Sunday, saying they should be prosecuted to full extent of the law.Haim Lev, 8/10/2015, 3:47 PM

New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in Supervision

A new law that would significantly restrict the definition of 'kosher' at food establishments was approved for legislation Sunday.Moshe Cohen, 7/19/2015, 7:16 PM

Edelstein: Coalition 'Could Change Soon'

Prime Minister Netanyahu worked hard to put together his coalition - but it is likely to change, said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.Moshe Cohen, 7/13/2015, 8:25 PM

Rabbi Riskin: We Must Embrace Every Single Jew

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin slams Shas minister for remarks against Reform Jews, asserts 'we can only bring people closer to Torah through love.'Eliran Aharon, 7/8/2015, 10:07 PM

Rabbi: Intermarriage to Grow As Law Repealed

The government on Sunday canceled the conversion reform law Sunday - to the dismay of Rabbi David Stav of the Tzohar organization.Moshe Cohen, 7/5/2015, 6:43 PM

Jewish Home Enraged by Approval of Shas 'Reforms'

Jewish Home officials slam Likud for stealing Religious-Zionist votes in last election and now doing everything to service haredi parties.Hezki Baruch, 7/5/2015, 1:28 PM

Shas 'Religious Reforms' on Cusp of Approval

Conversion law may be overturned and Religious Affairs Ministry to take control of rabbinical courts, should Shas reforms pass.Cynthia Blank, 7/5/2015, 10:26 AM

Kosher Food Labels Cooking Up a Coalition Crisis

Fight between Shas and Kulanu could turn into the first major coalition crisis for Binyamin Netanyahu's relatively new government.Moshe Cohen, 6/28/2015, 6:27 PM

Did Haredi Parties Mislead Herzog on Coalition?

Did haredi parties mislead Yitzhak Herzog about their intention to form a coalition with them? Zionist Union leader isn't sure.Moshe Cohen, 6/25/2015, 10:55 AM

Budget for Mount of Olives Security to Be Doubled

Religious Affairs Min. says doubling security budget for Mount of Olives is part of Shas coalition deal; 'Jews afraid to bury their dead.'Hezki Baruch, 6/23/2015, 2:09 PM

Yishai: Deri Turned Shas Into North Korea

Dealing with campaign debt, Yishai rules out rapprochement with 'dictator' Deri, says he was too 'soft' on him.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 6/5/2015, 10:54 AM

What Will Happen to the Jewish Identity Program?

Jewish Home launched program to teach more Torah to the wider public, but Shas being in control could see a backtrack, Rabbi says.Benny Toker, 5/15/2015, 12:06 PM

A-G: Difficult to Defend Deri Appointment

Attorney General Weinstein says it will be difficult for him to defend Deri's appointment as Economy Minister to the Supreme Court.Elad Benari, 5/14/2015, 5:16 AM

Shas Deal Includes Synagogues, Haredi Housing

Shas has succeeded in 'rolling back the clock' on many of the 'edicts' from the previous government, its coalition agreement shows.Moshe Cohen, 5/10/2015, 7:32 PM

Herzog: PM Dug Himself a Pit, I Won't Throw a Rope

Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog insists Netanyahu should not count on him to bail out latest government when push comes to shove.Moshe Cohen, 5/7/2015, 1:05 PM

Lapid: 'Suckers' Lose Again, Haredi Parties Win

Yesh Atid MKs and supporters conducted a protest against the expected repeal of sanctions on yeshiva students who don't serve in the IDF.Yaakov Levi, 5/7/2015, 12:17 PM

Shas, Likud Sign Coalition Agreement

Under agreement, Deri to be appointed Economy Minister; Shas to receive two Ministries and several deputy positions.Tova Dvorin, 5/4/2015, 9:47 PM

Ben-Dahan: Religious Ministry Isn't Just a 'Job'

Who will be in charge of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has become the last major sticking point for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.Yaakov Levi, 5/3/2015, 5:16 PM

Clock Ticking on Coalition Talks

As deadline looms, Likud's major problem is finding a solution to Religious Affairs debate as well as keeping Yisrael Beytenu in line.Shimon Cohen, 5/3/2015, 9:24 AM

Deri: I Will Not Accept Jewish Home Deputy

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri says Religious Affairs Ministry will remain squarely in hands of Shas, with no interference from Jewish Home.Cynthia Blank, 5/3/2015, 8:37 AM