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Rabbi Yosef Gave Yishai Permission to Form a New Party

New posthumous video reveals Shas spiritual leader on his hospital bed gave Yishai the go-ahead to form Ha'am Itanu.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 3/4/2015, 10:29 PM

Deri: We Support Netanyahu for Prime Minister

Shas chairman indicates he will recommend Netanyahu as Prime Minister after the elections on March 17.Ido Ben Porat, 3/4/2015, 3:12 AM

Deri: We Have a Preference for Netanyahu

Shas Chairman acknowledges his public wants Netanyahu as PM, but said he will only join coalition that agrees to Shas' social demands.Cynthia Blank, 2/23/2015, 11:00 PM

Rabbi Yosef's Kids Refuse Deri's Request for Video of Him

Tension in Shas as Rabbi Yosef's children refuse to give video of him for campaign clip, with Deri appearing to be burning bridges.Ari Yashar, 2/16/2015, 8:50 PM

Deri Says Shas 'Strives for Peace, Not Expelling Jews'

Aryeh Deri visits Gush Katif Museum and tells Arutz Sheva his party policy is to 'do everything to protect Jewish communities.'Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 2/11/2015, 2:42 PM

Yishai: I Will Ask for the Interior Ministry in Next Government

Yachad-Ha’am Itanu chairman says he will ask to be Interior Minister in the next Cabinet in order to fight illegal infiltration from Africa.Ben Ariel, 2/10/2015, 5:16 AM

'Advocate for the Poor' Deri Worth NIS 4.8 million

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri is worth NIS 4.8 million ($1.15 million), according to documents he filed disclosing his personal net worth.Moshe Cohen , 2/5/2015, 9:32 AM

In 'New' Video, Ovadia Yosef Praises Yishai, Not Deri

The battle of the “Rav Ovadia videos” in Shas continued Thursday, as a “new” video showed Rabbi Ovadia Yosef praising Eli Yishai.Yaakov Levi , 2/5/2015, 9:30 AM

Aryeh Deri Bows Out of NIF-Linked Conference

Shas leader opts out of Haaretz-NIF Democracy Conference, after Likud and Jewish Home did the same.Gil Ronen, 2/4/2015, 2:56 PM

Shas Waffles Over Participation in NIF-Backed Conference

Issues over extreme leftist group's involvement in conference still 'under review,' Deri's reps say.Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin, 2/3/2015, 1:00 PM

'Shas MKs Live Through Agony Every Day'

MK and Shas party founder Nissim Ze'ev reveals: Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri is 'obsessed' with control, slandering Eli Yishai.Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 2/1/2015, 8:11 AM

Deri Ousts Shas Founder Nissim Ze'ev From List

Shas founder, considered rightist in the leftist-leaning haredi party, gets cut out despite promises as Knesset list finalizes.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 1/29/2015, 7:22 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

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

'Submissive' Deri Officially Returns to Head Shas

It's official: after two weeks away in a measured ploy to gain backing and overcome damaging recordings, Deri is back at the helm of Shas.Oranit Etzer, Ari Yashar, 1/12/2015, 12:31 PM

End of the Stunt: Deri's Back at the Helm of Shas

Shas MKs have been summoned to a meeting at the party HQ, in which Aryeh Deri will announce his return.Haim Lev, Gil Ronen, 1/12/2015, 9:27 AM

Shas Chief Rabbi Tells Deri: You Can't Quit, Come Back

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, head of the Shas Council of Torah Sages, instructs Aryeh Deri to return to lead the party.Haim Lev, 1/12/2015, 5:14 AM

Deri: I Knew about the Rabbi Ovadia Video for Years

Resigned Shas chairman says Eli Yishai played the tape in which Rabbi Ovadia Yosef slams him to several rabbis a month ago.Yishai Karov, Gil Ronen, 1/5/2015, 10:55 PM

Deri Hints at Return to Shas

In a television interview, Aryeh Deri hints he is returning to lead Shas, but doesn't say it outright.Ido Ben Porat, 1/5/2015, 4:46 AM

Deri Reportedly to Return to Shas Next Week

Shas head resigned Tuesday amid recording scandal, now to return in PR ploy; tells supporters in protest tent 'we'll continue together.'Ari Yashar, 1/1/2015, 10:57 PM

Deri-Yishai Squabble Illustrates Shas Power-Vacuum

Dr. Nissim Leon says Aryeh Deri's resignation the result of a crisis of religious authority, created with the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Benny Toker, 1/1/2015, 9:50 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

Deri Hands in Resignation to the Knesset

After Rabbi Yosef tapes expose opposition to Deri and his responsibility for Oslo, Deri steps down - rest of Shas MKs vow to follow him.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/30/2014, 8:04 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

Aryeh Deri, Not R' Ovadiah Yosef, Behind Oslo Accords

Footage leaked to the media shows that Deri made the decision for Shas to support Oslo, according to R' Yosef - a fact Deri denied in 2002.Tova Dvorin, 12/30/2014, 8:41 AM

Deri 'Determined' to Resign as Shas Chairman

After his resignation was rejected by Shas rabbis, MK Aryeh Deri tells party members he is determined to step down.Yoni Kempinski and Ben Ariel, 12/30/2014, 3:16 AM

Shas Rabbis Reject Deri's Resignation Request

Aryeh Deri to remain party chairman after ruling from Council of Torah Sages, who personally delivered the news Monday night.Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin, 12/29/2014, 10:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Daughter Slams Aryeh Deri

IDF Radio obtains recordings of Adina Bar Shalom attacking character of Shas Chairman and wife who 'cut herself a fat check.'Gil Ronen, 12/15/2014, 3:05 PM

'Shas Will Have Female MKs, Too'

Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, Rabbi Ovadia's daughter, says Deri promised her that women will be Shas MKs soon; supports 'land for peace.'Gil Ronen, 12/15/2014, 2:06 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

Report: Eli Yishai is Leaving Shas

MK will either form a party with Uri Ariel, form a Sephardic competitor to Shas or quit politics.Uzi Baruch, 12/13/2014, 8:22 PM

Yishai Gets Hareidi Leader's 'Blessing' for New Party with Ariel

Sources close to Yishai say meeting with Rabbi Shteinman Friday paves way for Shas split, solidifying deal splitting Jewish Home as well.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/12/2014, 2:05 PM

Shas Split Imminent: Deri 'Doesn't Need Yishai'

Closed conversations reveal Deri deriding his rival Yishai, 'offered him what we offered out of mercy for the guy.'Ari Yashar, 12/12/2014, 11:54 AM

Key Sephardic Rabbis Warn They'll Leave Shas with Yishai

Prominent rabbis warn Shas over Deri's demands pressing Yishai out, hint more strongly at a union with Ariel splitting Jewish Home too.Ari Yashar, 12/12/2014, 7:50 AM

Deri's Demands on Yishai Pave Way for Shas Split

Deri and Yishai 'entrenching in positions' as demands of each become known, split likely barring unforeseen developments.Ari Yashar, 12/11/2014, 11:00 PM

Deri: We're Not Obligated to Anyone, Now or After Elections

Shas chairman makes clear his party isn't obligated to support PM Netanyahu after the elections.Ben Ariel, 12/7/2014, 5:54 AM

Report: Death Threats Made Against MK Eli Yishai

Anonymous phone calls to the MK threatened him with 'stabbing' if he switched parties. Are internal Shas tensions to blame?Tova Dvorin, 12/3/2014, 7:45 PM

Deri Denies Rumors of Backroom Deals Prior to Elections

Shas head says the only 'deal' he'll be striking is during talks for new coalition; hints at campaign strategy in appeal to leftist parties.Ido Ben Porat and Ari Soffer, 12/2/2014, 2:41 PM

MKs Right and Left Respond to Early Elections

Knesset Members from across the political spectrum respond to failed meeting between Netanyahu and Lapid.Hezki Baruch and Elad Benari, 12/2/2014, 1:10 AM

Deri and Yishai Meet, Decide to Work Together

For the first time in a year, long-time rivals Aryeh Deri and Eli Yishai, held a one-on-one meeting in Bnei Brak.Ido Ben Porat, 11/5/2014, 4:45 AM

Deri Hints at Cooperation with Moshe Kahlon

Shas chairman hints at cooperation with former Communications and Welfare Minister who plans to form a new political party.Haim Lev, 10/27/2014, 4:43 AM

Shas Sources Say 'Aryeh Deri Made Party Leftist'

Senior sources slam Deri for steering party leftward for 'narrow political interests,' call for return of Eli Yishai as party head.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 10/7/2014, 12:36 PM

Will Lapid's Sabbath Desecration Bring Down the Coalition?

A coalition has already broken apart in a similar gaffe to Lapid's Shabbat press conference; MKs warning action may be taken.Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar, 9/20/2014, 10:51 PM

Ministers Strongly Oppose 'Scandalous' Budget Cut

Ministers from all sides pledge to oppose long-term cut to fund Gaza operation; calls to postpone as materials received last minute.Ari Yashar, 8/31/2014, 11:58 AM