It would appear that Shas leader Eli Yishai is preparing himself and others for the possibility of not being included in the new coalition. The party leader released statement that Shas will not betray its constituents or its values, and if need be, the party will remain in the opposition, explaining “We are not afraid of sitting in the opposition”.
Yishai explains that from his perspective, once Yesh Atid and Bayit HaYehudi sign onto the coalition, Shas’ inclusion is far less likely. He then turned to Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, criticizing the fact that they are political novices and are making grave errors as coalition talks continue. Yishai praised his party’s efforts over the years towards maintaining the Jewish character of the nation, and the advances made by the Housing Ministry which it controlled; vowing that he and his colleagues will continue such efforts as members of the coalition or opposition.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)