While former Shas leader Aryeh Deri’s political comeback enjoys widespread media coverage, senior Agudas Yisrael official R’ Meir Porush on Monday, 29 Tishrei 5773 launched his anti-Deri campaign. According to Porush “Deri undermines and destroys”, well aware that Deri did not assist him in his bid for the Jerusalem mayoral slot, a race that he lost to Nir Barkat.
Speaking to Kol Berama Radio’s Mordechai Lavi, Porush explained he is familiar with Deri’s efforts to make a return to the political arena. “When I ran for mayor of Yerushalayim Deri announced his comeback too, and he never returned. Why speak in the interim and simply undermine and destroy?”
When asked how the chareidim are preparing for the upcoming election, set for 11 Shevat 5773, Porush surprised Lavi by calling for primaries as is customary in the secular parties. “If I know all parties concerned are in agreement I am for such a move” he added.
“It is good and it is important towards refreshing the players, and also to eliminate complaints after the fact why one person or another is not in the Knesset.”
Porush explained there are some who believe primaries are not appropriate for a party like Agudas Yisrael, but he explains that if one checks the party charter one will learn this is not so. Towards making certain one who is not suited is not elected, he added that the Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael of the party must approve each person after the primaries.
Porush feels that as long as the gedolim approve each candidate, there is no reason not to hold primaries to permit voters to select their candidate. He feels such a move would be beneficial for all concerned.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)