Deri: Apply sovereignty, but with broad consensus

Shas chairman says opportunity to apply sovereignty is historic and must not be missed, but must be done right.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri
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Shas chairman Minister Aryeh Deri addressed the issue of the application of sovereignty for the first time Wednesday evening.

"Without question, we have a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty that must not be missed. We find ourselves at a great and critical junction, and we must not take hasty steps which could cause harm going forward. This is a great blessing for the people of Israel and the Land of Israel, and it will enable us to develop and strengthen the settlements in Judea and Samaria, including in the haredi cities, which are the largest in the settlements," Deri told Shimon Liberty, a journalist for the Haderech newspaper which is affiliated with the Shas party,

"We must give thanks to the Creator for this kindness and this revealing of His presence. We also cannot deny the good done by the US government, and President Trump in particular, who has proven over his entire term that he stands with Israel with a series of unprecedented steps and actions which cannot be understated," he added.

"However," he continued, "it is clear that a move on such a historic scale, which has dramatic implications for the future, must be carried out with restraint and profound discretion. Prime Minister Netanyahu does not need anyone to point out his cautious, prudent political conduct. He stands guard over the State's vital interests, and takes steps which are calculated in the international arena, where he skillfully manages a variety of factors and has managed to strengthen Israel's status to a point it has never reached before, and has even opened unprecedented collaborations with countries in the region. In this matter, too, he works, together with security and professional officials, in a cautious and responsible manner, with a profound commitment to the security of the State and its citizens."

Addressing concerns from settlement leaders over the sovereignty maps, Deri said: "At the meeting I held with the heads of the Yesha Council and settlement figures, they voiced their concerns over the plan. It's really important to speak to people who are focused on what is good for the settlements. As I told them, I take this seriously, and will mention their arguments in discussions with the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and in other forums."

"It is clear to everyone that, with all the importance and blessings inherent in the application of sovereignty, we cannot lend a hand to creating situations which could endanger Jewish life. We have to provide a full and stable response that will preserve the lives of Israeli citizens and allow them to continue their lives with confidence and tranquility. We must, however, preserve the heritage sites that have preserved our ancestor's heritage for thousands of years, from the Prophets of the Bible who walked these paths and who reinforce the people of Israel's deep connection to its homeland," he added.

According to Deri, "Shas has stood by the settlements and the settlers, as our leader [Rabbi Ovadia Yosef] did, and in accordance with the guidelines and instructions that we receive all the time from the leaders of the generation, the Roshei Yeshiva, the Council of Torah Values, and the Torah sages."

"As we committed to in the coalition agreement, the Shas movement supports Prime Minister Netanyahu's moves, but when it comes to such a fateful subject, I hope that we reach a broad consensus, and that moves are carried out in cooperation with the Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and with as wide a coordination as possible with the United States, the countries of the world, and the region," he concluded.