Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri participated Monday morning in the Gush Katif and Northern Samaria Commemoration Center's annual Katif Conference to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the disengagement from Gush Katif and spoke with the commentator Amit Segal.

Deri began talking about the disengagement: "There is no doubt that it was a tremendous pain to see all the communities, a large part of which I knew, be included in the act of disengagement and expulsion."

"On the other hand, when you see the virtue of the people who, despite all the terrible pain, had an outpouring of spirit, you realized that you are dealing here with G-d-fearing people who, on the one hand, are protesting and on the other hand, do not want to rebel," Deri added.

He attacked the members of the Yamina Party, led by Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. "I've been friends with Bennett for a long time. I told him, “This will end faster than you think. You'll turn from an asset to a burden, and they'll tell you you're a nuisance. They'll remove you.” He told me I was seeing black. To me, this is not Religious Zionism. They were out of line as soon as they went to such a government and gave their hand to the destruction of Shabbat, kashrut, the chief rabbinate, and recognition of Reform Judaism, which is the most serious issue for me."

Deri stated that there is no reason to worry about what United Torah Judaism Party chairman Moshe Gafni said regarding the next government. "I tell you responsibly that there is nothing to fear. Talk is talk, they have internal accounts. I take responsibility for UTJ. It belongs to our block; it will go to a government led by Netanyahu and will not go to any government without Likud."

Deri attacked the legal proceedings against the opposition leader Netanyahu. "What happened that all kinds of unknown events started in 2015? In that year Netanyahu left Lapid and Bennett. Instead, Netanyahu joined the haredi and the religious Zionist parties and dared to form a government alone with them. It was a red line for the secular elites who want a completely secular state."

"In the last few years, we - the entire religious community - have been able to understand that we are together in this ship even if there are differences of opinion. We must work together even if we take hits together,” he concluded.