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Bayit HaYehudi MK-elect Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan spoke with the Knesset Channel, addressing disparaging comments against his party by Shas Party officials. Rabbi Dahan, a former director-general of the Chief Rabbinate and a long-time aide to HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L questioned Shas’ attitude and tactics, particularly the statements against his party during the elections.
While he refrained from quoting the Shas officials, he stated that the chareidim simply do not get it, adding “I have spent some time in yeshivos, more than Eli Yishai, Aryeh Deri and Ariel Atias combined”.
Ben-Dahan explained that the rabbonim are not placing pressure on him or his colleagues, and they are all aware that those truly studying Torah should continue to do so. He emphasized that “no one is seeking to close down any yeshivos. The problem is with those who learn for a year and then stop.”
Ben-Dahan explains he personally is quite aware of the true situation from his years in the Chief Rabbinate, denying that he has a personal issue with Shas. He feels that today’s reality must be addressed, stressing “I have nothing against Shas”.
When asked if he views himself as the minister of religious affairs, he replied “I don’t know”, adding he is not assigning the ministerial posts or forming the coalition government.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)