IDF Radio has obtained recordings of Ovadia Yosef's daughter attacking Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri's character in scathing terms.
"I do not think Deri is conducting himself in the right way. I did not want to say it on stage and I did not say it on stage – not because I favored him, but because of my father," she is heard saying in an audio tape.
Bar Shalom, the eldest daughter of Shas founder and mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l, was recorded three weeks ago. Only yesterday, she sat alongside Deri to launch the party's Women's Council, but in the recorded segment she says – "he is not behaving in the way my father expected him to. Plainly and simply, he is not. "
"Nobody knows what will happen in the elections," she continues. "If Aryeh continues to be like this, he will certainly lose Knesset seats. If Shas will continue to operate as it is being conducted at present, it will decline substantially. I'm not talking one or two mandates – it will get exactly what polls predict.”
Bar Shalom can also be heard slamming Deri for quarreling with MK Eli Yishai. "Why is dividing us? Why is he quarreling with everyone? Why is belittling them all?.” She adds: "I was once in the Knesset and saw him sitting with his back to Yishai. They were sitting next to each other and did not exchange a word. What did Eli do? For 13 years he was a messenger of my father.”
The daughter of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef can also be heard castigating Yaffa Deri, wife of the movement's chairman, who is to sit at the head of the new Women's Council alongside Bar Shalom. "When his wife set up a seminar she cut herself a fat paycheck,” she accused. “[With them], everything is done for a full salary. All I did was to volunteer and give of myself. "
Shas chairman Deri, and Adina Bar Shalom issued a joint response to the report: "It is no secret that there has been controversy in the past and things were said when the mind was weakened, that both of us are sorry about.”
Yafa Deri, also responded to the recordings and said in a conversation with Channel 2 online: "I've never received a salary. Some people get frustrated; sometimes they say all kinds of statements irresponsibly and throw rubbish into the air of frustrated people. It never happened ".
Bar Shalom told IDF Radio Monday that women will be able to compete for a place in Shas's Knesset list in the elections that follow the current ones in March.
She came out in full support of Shas Chairman Deri Sunday, and said he was the person to continue in her father's footsteps. The two announced the formation of a women's forum inside Shas.