The Yerushalmi faction of Degel HaTorah is working tenaciously to get its Netzach Party up and running for the upcoming election. It is not all but certain that a split in Degel HaTorah is unavoidable as the faction continues building its list for the upcoming national election.
In yet another high-level meeting, names were discussed to represent the party to voters as Netzach prepares to launch its campaign. The names discussed include Menachem Carmel and Tzvika Herbst.
To the surprise of many, the top candidate to head the party is Rav Shai Gedasi, executive director of the Sephardi Marbitzei Torah organization and a major askan in Degel. While being Sephardi, he appears well respected in the Yerushalmi litvish camp and well known and admired by HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach as well as being very close to HaRav Yehuda Adas, Rosh Yeshivas Kol Yaakov and a member of the Degel Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael.
Kedasi owns a number of Jerusalem and Modi’in Illit talmidei torah and is well known and liked by a very large tzibur.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)