Upon leaving the home of Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, Minister Eli Yishai escorted Mr. Noam Shalit, who met with the Gadol HaDor for about ten minutes. Mr. Shalit was wearing a large black yarmulke.
Yishai would not stop to speak with the large number of reporters, stating it is a matter of pidyon shvuyim, that simple.
Aides to the prime minister are already engaged in major media efforts, explaining the prime minister realizes that due to the turmoil throughout the Mideast, if such a deal is not reached now, there may not be an additional opportunity in the future.
As the cabinet continues to discuss the deal, Ministers Moshe Ya’alon [a former IDF chief of staff] and Yossi Peled [a former IDF major-general, northern district commander], are both signaling they remain opposed to the deal. Another minister, yet unnamed, stated he insists the matter must be taken to the nation for a referendum, and the cabinet may not make such a decision alone.
Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Shteinitz, who released statements over recent years signaling a hard-line position, is not decided at this time.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)