Persons close to Aryeh Deri have leaked information to the press that he is actively working to launch his new political party after it became clear he will not unseat Shas leader Eli Yishai. After getting up from shiva last week for his father z”l, Deri began actively working to set up the new entity in time to compete in the next general elections, which appears will take place on 17 Elul 5772.
It appears that Deri is backed by rabbonim and he is confident, backed by polls which indicate he will earn three seats in the next Knesset. Nevertheless, having the backing of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita would be a big boost, but it appears such a move is unlikely.
In an interview on Thursday, Shas leader Eli Yishai stated he did not believe that Deri would launch an independent party since he would not act contrary to the wishes of the rav.
According to a report filed by Yaakov Rivlin in the weekly BaKehilla, the name of Deri’s new party will be Kavod U’Mesoret (Honor & Tradition). It appears the party has already been registered with the Central Election Committee.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)