Chetboun Threatens to Quit Ha'am Itanu Party

With the deadline for submission of their final lists looming, Eli Yishai and Naftali Bennett were racing to complete their candidate slate.Moshe Cohen , 1/29/2015, 3:04 PM

Group to Advocate Haredi Workers' Rights

Haredi Workers' Group chooses representatives to push for funding, integration for haredi community in the workforce in historic move.Haim Lev and Tova Dvorin, 1/28/2015, 3:43 PM

Ben-Ari Says Unity With Yishai By 6 Tonight

After last chance meeting by Ha'am Itanu's rabbis, Ben-Ari says unity to be sealed by evening - unless additional demands leveled.Ari Yashar, 1/28/2015, 3:04 PM

Yishai Collapses Otzma Yehudit Talks by Banning Temple Mount

In shocking last minute demands, Yishai's party demands Otzma Yehudit enter coalition at cost of ideology for yeshiva budgets.Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 1/28/2015, 12:14 AM

Yishai Offers Marzel 4th Spot Instead of Ben-Ari

In zero hour talks Yishai makes an odd offer retracting his initial rejection, which may still see the parties get past threshold together.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 1/27/2015, 9:49 PM

'National Religious Factionalism Will Create an Arab Knesset'

Temple Institute head Rabbi Ariel slams ex-soccer player's addition to Jewish Home list, laments 'factionalism' of religious-Zionist public.Benny Toker, Ari Yashar, 1/27/2015, 4:12 PM

Otzma Yehudit Reveals Why Yishai Joint List Talks Failed

Ben-Ari's party and Ha'am Itanu discussed joint list to avoid 'lost right-wing votes' - but a Yishai associate allegedly 'torpedoed' it.Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar, 1/26/2015, 10:08 AM

Yishai – Ben Ari Talks at Impasse

Otzma Yehudit wants 4th and 6th spots reserved for it in joint list and demands Temple Mount issue as a plank in the platform.Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen, 1/25/2015, 10:04 PM

Report: R' Haim Amsalem, Eli Yishai Discussing Joint List

Rabbi Haim Amsalem and Eli Yishai, both Shas defectors, reportedly in serious talks over possible joint list ahead of Thursday deadline.Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin, 1/25/2015, 9:38 PM

Eli Yishai Accuses US of Intervening in Israeli Elections

Yachad - Ha'am Itanu Chairman Eli Yishai defends Netanyahu's right to speak at Congress; slams US and Israeli detractors.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 1/25/2015, 2:13 PM

Ben-Ari Says Yishai Refused the 'Demand of the Public'

Otzma Yehudit chair says he tried to pursue joint list - but Yishai 'refuses to meet' amid fears both rightist parties won't make it.Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar, 1/23/2015, 12:15 PM

Eli Yishai Refuses to Run on Joint List with Otzma Yehudit

Rabbi Lior gets negative message from Yishai, whose sources fear 'extremist' stigma in apparent desire to compromise for coalition spot.Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar, 1/23/2015, 10:29 AM

Rabbi Ronski: Yishai's Party Diluting the Religious Zionist Vote

Eli Yishai's list is turning into a Religious Zionist one, like Jewish Home - and 2 such parties are too many, says former IDF Chief Rabbi.Yaakov Levi, 1/21/2015, 2:46 PM

Eli Yishai Expected to Announce Yachad - Ha'am Itanu List

List to include mix of candidates from hareidi, national-religious sectors; sources say Otzma Yehudit pact unlikely.Tova Dvorin, 1/19/2015, 4:00 PM

Yishai Urges Likud: Oust Candidate from List - Or Lose Elections

Yachad-Ha'am Itanu leader says Yoav Kish's comments supporting a divided Jerusalem will give voters the wrong message.Haim Lev and Tova Dvorin, 1/18/2015, 11:24 AM

Deri: I Call on Those who Left Shas to Come Back

Shas chairman calls on those who left the party to return - including Eli Yishai, who recently formed his own party.Haim Lev and Ben Ariel, 1/16/2015, 1:15 AM

Deri: There is No Sacred Covenant with the Right

During a panel discussion with fellow hareidi MKs, Aryeh Deri discusses his feud with Eli Yishai and plans for the next Knesset.Cynthia Blank, 1/15/2015, 9:32 AM

'Where Were Bibi and Bennett at Terror Victim Arami's Funeral?'

Otzma Yehudit head Ben-Ari slams leaders for 'turning Israel into France,' says his campaign is to stop 'conquering from within.'Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar, 1/12/2015, 11:55 AM

Yishai on Leaked Videos: That's Not My Way

Ha'am Itanu chairman makes clear that he had nothing to do with the leaked tapes showing Rabbi Ovadia Yosef speaking out against Aryeh Deri.Ido Ben Porat and Haim Lev, 12/31/2014, 4:14 AM

Beyond the Controversy: Who are Ha'am Itanu?

Hareidim, religious-Zionists and 'traditional' Jews championing Jewish identity and social justice - this is more than just Shas 2.0.Ari Soffer, 12/30/2014, 8:45 PM

Shas Founder: 'If Maran Was Alive This Wouldn't Have Happened'

Shas MK and founding member Nissim Ze'ev laments lost friendship between Yishai, Deri, but says separation ultimately for the best.Hezki Baruch, 12/30/2014, 11:13 AM

Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri to Resign?

Deri to submit resignation to Shas Council of Torah Sages after R' Ovadiah Yosef recording scandal; request only approved if they accept.Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 12/29/2014, 8:51 PM

Rabbi Yosef's Children 'Cynically Used' to Defend Deri

Children of Shas spiritual head gather at grave to back Deri and decry 'desecration of honor,' after recording revealed him slamming Deri.Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/29/2014, 2:58 PM

Technical Bloc: The Answer for Otzma Yehudit-Ha'am Itanu Unity?

Ben-Gvir reveals Yishai hedging against joint list with Ben-Ari's party out of desire to join Netanyahu coalition - but there is a way.Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar, 12/29/2014, 8:45 AM

Yishai's Rabbi Denies Connection to Rabbi Yosef Recordings

Rabbi Mazuz, guide to Yishai's new party, says it was not Yishai who released tape showing Shas spiritual head slamming 'evil' Deri.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/29/2014, 7:32 AM

Explosive Tape Shows Rabbi Yosef Slamming 'Evil' Aryeh Deri

Never before seen recordings show former Shas spiritual head rejecting Deri over corruption; 'Why would I betray Eli Yishai?'Ari Soffer, 12/28/2014, 8:57 PM

Eli Yishai Backs Netanyahu for Prime Minister

Ha'am Itanu chairman's support follows reports of a Netanyahu-Yishai alliance to weaken Left, Shas.Tova Dvorin, 12/28/2014, 11:23 AM

Shas Embarrassed After Spiritual Leader Insults Yishai

Officials in Shas distance themselves from comments made by Rabbi Shalom Cohen against Eli Yishai and his rabbinic counsel.Haim Lev, 12/28/2014, 2:13 AM

Eli Yishai: If Only People Knew What Rabbi Yosef Really Said

Yishai says Rabbi Yosef never supported Oslo Accords; says recordings could reveal all and give him ten mandates.Nir Har-Zahav, 12/26/2014, 2:02 PM

Yishai Vows 'We Will Prevent Withdrawals, Terrorist Releases'

Ha'am Itanu head says in conference his new party will guide the next government to stop freezes, and unite the Jewish people.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/26/2014, 9:35 AM

Chaim Amsalem May Lead Third Sephardic Party into Elections

Am Shalem party looks likely to run again, adding to Shas party's headache by further splitting Sephardi-hareidi vote.Yaakov Levi, 12/25/2014, 6:01 PM

Why Was Eli Yishai's First Show of Force Cancelled?

Be'er Sheva branch organizer claims rabbis convinced him to back Shas instead - but was there a personal interest involved?Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/23/2014, 7:09 PM

Rabbi Criticizes Tekuma's 'Moral Mistake' in Joining Jewish Home

Tekuma Central Committee member slams faction, says union with Eli Yishai and hareidim would have been 'historic.'Yedidya Ben-Or, Ari Yashar, 12/23/2014, 5:50 PM

Calls for Unity Pact Between Yishai, Otzma Yehudit

Disunity between Israel's national-religious parties harming the community, group says - and suggest Yishai and Ben-Ari form a joint bloc.Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin, 12/23/2014, 10:08 AM

Hareidi-Religious Fear Loss of Nationalist Votes

How does Eli Yishai's new party affect the Ashkenazi hareidi camp, and will it go left or right?Hillel Fendel, 12/22/2014, 1:31 PM

Netanyahu Sources: Cooperation with Yishai's Party

Netanyahu reportedly is overjoyed at Yishai's party weakening Labor-supporting Shas, wants it to be strong - even at expense of Likud votes.Uzi Baruch, 12/22/2014, 12:03 PM

Yishai May 'Play His Hand' Against Deri Over TV Attack

Sources close to Yishai say Deri breached agreement in 'settlement' tirade, say they aren't concerned over polls or Tekuma decision.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/21/2014, 11:27 AM

A Political Party That Calls Knit Kippa Wearers Amalek

If that is the level of political discourse, Israeli parties, including Shas, are in dire need of a change in behavior. Ronn Torossian, 12/21/2014, 6:27 AM

Deri Launches Verbal Tirade Against Eli Yishai, 'Settlers'

Shas Chairman accuses Eli Yishai of 'going against Maran,' says that money for 'settlers' against R' Ovadiah's wishes.Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 12/20/2014, 9:56 PM

Man Arrested for Threatening Eli Yishai

A man, 25, arrested Monday for threatening MK Eli Yishai was brought to court Thursday, where police requested further detention.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 12/18/2014, 12:31 PM

MK Horowitz: Look Where Extremism Brings Us

MK Horowitz (Meretz) condemns the possibility Orit Struk may be left off the National Union list if the party were to join Yachad.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 12/18/2014, 11:25 AM

Shas Members Berate Yishai For 'His Lies'

In a harsh letter sent by several Shas MKs to Eli Yishai, MKs criticize Yishai for his 'fabricated' claims against Aryeh Deri.Cynthia Blank, 12/18/2014, 8:25 AM

Ariel and Yishai Meet as Jewish Home Split Looms

Yishai meets Ariel for first time after forming new party; Ariel expected to decide on whether or not to leave Jewish Home by weekend.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/17/2014, 12:11 PM

Yishai Split With Deri Because He 'Leans to the Left'

Yishai notes his nationalist opinions created tension with Deri, as did Deri's attempts to limit him; chose not to hold 'putsch.'Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 12/17/2014, 9:27 AM

Veteran Shas MK: It's Too Bad that Eli Yishai Left

MK Nissim Ze’ev expresses regret that Eli Yishi left Shas but says, "You cannot split Shas. Yishai will turn to other audiences."Benny Toker, 12/17/2014, 4:45 AM

Eli Yishai's New Party Won't Allow Women MKs

Pact with National Union looking increasingly unlikely as Yachad party's spiritual head stresses hareidi stance against women MKs.Ido Ben Porat, 12/16/2014, 10:54 PM

Panicked Shas 'Liable to Disappear from Political Map'

Senior Shas source tells Arutz Sheva party is in a dither after polls show Yishai took half their votes; 'we definitely have a problem.'Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/16/2014, 5:40 PM

Yishai Break Splits Shas Electorate Power in Half

Poll shows Yishai's new Yachad party gets four seats, leaves Shas with four, amid speculation of Yachad union with nationalist parties.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/16/2014, 4:27 PM

State Assigns Security Detail for Eli Yishai

Fears high for Yishai's personal safety after Shas supporters storm Yachad party announcement Monday.Tova Dvorin, 12/16/2014, 10:10 AM

Eli Yishai Announces New Party: 'Yachad'

After last-ditch attempt to keep him in Shas failed, Eli Yishai announced Monday he is forming a new party to be called Yachad.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 12/15/2014, 9:13 PM

Last Ditch Attempt to Keep Yishai in Shas Fails

Rabbis met as Yishai is poised to declare his new party; MK Chetboun after leaving Jewish Home says joining Yishai 'has been raised.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/15/2014, 12:24 PM

New Nationalist Bloc of Yishai, Ariel and Ben-Ari?

Ben-Gvir dispels rumor of talks with Yishai, Ariel, but tells Arutz Sheva he's open to possibility of an ideological religious bloc.Ari Yashar, 12/15/2014, 11:42 AM

Chetboun Resigns from Jewish Home

Jewish Home MK announces he will not run with the party in the next elections, is believed to be joining Eli Yishai's new party.Hezki Baruch, 12/15/2014, 12:05 AM

Eli Yishai Registers New Party: 'Maran'

The name is the honorific by which Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was known. If it is not approved, the party will be called Yahad.Yedidya Ben Or, Gil Ronen, 12/14/2014, 8:35 PM

Deri's Answer to Yishai Bolt: Get Women More Involved in Shas

If Eli Yishai plans to bolt Shas and take right-wing votes with him, Aryeh Deri will make up those votes with more support from women.Moshe Cohen, 12/14/2014, 7:05 PM

Deri Instructed Not to Meet with Yishai

Shas Council of Torah Sages instructs MK Aryeh Deri not to meet MK Eli Yishai on Sunday as originally planned.Hezki Baruch, 12/14/2014, 3:40 AM

Nationalist-Hareidi Party ‘Will Move Knesset Rightward’

The planned union between Eli Yishai of Shas and Uri Ariel of Jewish Home may receive 7 MKs, polls show.Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen, 12/13/2014, 10:02 PM