Yishai: Yachad is Not Going Anywhere

Despite debts and inability to pass threshold to join the Knesset, Eli Yishai promises Yachad will continue to 'grow and flourish.'

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank ,

Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai
Baruch Marzel, Eli Yishai
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Yachad-Ha'am Itanu Chairman Eli Yishai spent this past Shabbat with Otzma Yehudit member Baruch Marzel in Hevron. 

Otzma Yehudit and Yachad ran together for the 20th Knesset on a technical bloc joint list, but failed to pass the threshold percentage. 

After praying in the Cave of the Patriarchs on Saturday, Yishai addressed supporters, speaking Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef's love, not only for the land of Israel, but for Torah and the people of Israel. 

Yishai also stressed caring for the disadvantaged as a party goal in continuing with the Maran's tradition. 

Addressing the vast number of debts Yachad accumulated during the election campaign, Yishai attempted to alleviate concerns, noting that Shas too had once faced a deficit and gotten out of it. 

"Also now, with God's help, we will get out of the deficit and after that our movement will continue in full force to flourish and grow with our precious public of the 125,00 people who voted for us, and the others who wanted to vote for us, but were threatened and deterred by the war against us."

"We are not going anywhere," Yishai promised, "and we will do everything to fight for the values of our movement, even from outside the Knesset, using lawsuits to correct injustices."

"Also, we will establish an Institute of Public Inquiries and will do everything to help the previous public to follow the path of Maran."

Shortly after the elections results were published, Yachad submitted a petition charging that Shas activists tampered with their slips, causing them to end up around 5,000 votes short of the recently raised threshold percentage.