Yahadut HaTorah MKs Moshe Gafne and Yaakov Litzman went on the offensive on Tuesday, launching attacks against Aryeh Deri and Yair Lapid as the election campaigning in Israel is well underway.
“If Yair Lapid’s campaign against chareidim includes the community’s failure to serve in the IDF we will remind the tzibur of Lapid’s army service” stated Litzman. Lapid served as a reporter for the IDF BaMachane Magazine.
Gafne added “The head of Yesh Atid, Lapid, is suited to be the donkey carrying the load for Binyamin Netanyahu.”
Also in their sights was Shas co-leader Aryeh Deri. According to Litzman, if Yahadut HaTorah and Shas enter the coalition together, Shas will seek the finance minister portfolio for Deri or Yishai.
Gafne added that “members of Yahadut HaTorah have never been suspected of or convicted of criminal activity”. Speaking to Yisrael HaYom, Gafne stated “Who says I was speaking about Deri? Perhaps I was making reference to Olmert”.
When asked to comment on the allegations of discrimination against Sephardi girls in Ashkenazi yeshivos, Gafne added “There is no room and it is as simple as that. The reason is the places [for the Sephardi girls] are taken by the children from the senior Shas officials.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)