'Stop Eli Yishai Hate Before It's Too Late'

Something must be done to bring the divisions between supporters of Aryeh Deri and Eli Yishai under control, says outgoing MK Nissim Ze'ev.

Yaakov Levi ,

Nissim Ze'ev
Nissim Ze'ev
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Something must be done to bring the divisions between supporters of Aryeh Deri and Eli Yishai under control, former Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev told Arutz Sheva Thursday, in the wake of a firebomb attack against supporters of Yishai in Jerusalem earlier this week.

“This must be stopped, we need to set the border of these activities right here,” he said.

An anonymous attacker hurled a Molotov cocktail from a window in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem at a support rally for Yachad - Ha'am Itanu chairperson Eli Yishai on Tuesday night, which took place outside Yishai's home.

Fortunately there were no wounds or damage inflicted by the firebomb attack; the identity of the attacker remains unknown.

The youth had gathered in front of Yishai's house in an attempt to encourage him after the party came roughly 5,000 votes short in last week's elections.

The party, which ran on a joint list with Otzma Yehudit, has charged that Shas activists committed mass voter fraud during the elections, and have submitted a petition.

Ze'ev, who was not selected for a realistic spot on Shas's list by Deri and will not be in the next Knesset,  said that he was sorry that Yachad had not made it into the Knesset.

“I was hoping that both Shas and Yahad would sit in the Knesset, and that each would provide assistance for the other. Yishai did not take any votes away from us, the members of his list were all too right for Shas voters anyway. If Shas lost four seats in this Knesset, falling from 11 to 7, it is not the doing of Eli Yishai, but because Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is no longer with us. The presence of Yachad in the Knesset would have only strengthened the world of Torah."

Ze'ev also believes that Yachad was a victim of voter fraud.

“Unfortunately, the damage was done and now it is too late. I think we need to do away with paper ballots, which are subject to damage and fraud. A high-tech nation like Israel that does everything electronically, even its passports and ID cards, should be able to run an election electronically."