Yisrael Beitenu announced on Thursday 14 Teves 5773 that the Interior Ministry and Housing Ministry would remain in the hands of Likud/Beitenu following elections, and Shas would receive the Tourism Ministry and National Infrastructure Ministry in exchange for the two cabinet posts taken away.
Now wishing to suffer the insult without a response, Aryeh Deri told the media “The people’s party has become Likud/Beitenu, representing the smugness and arrogance of the Russians and white people (Ashkenazim). They degraded [Likud Minister of Welfare Moshe] Kahlon and they are now trying to do the same to the other Sephardi ministers. This is a wakeup call to all Sephardim.”
A message released by Shas officials stated “Now we know who really runs Likud/Beitenu. Yisrael Beitenu did a hostile takeover of Likud. Only a strong Shas will protect the Sephardim in the next Netanyahu-led government.”
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the Yisrael Beitenu Party, told the weekly Mishpacha Magazine that following elections, the Housing and Interior portfolios, traditionally given to Shas, would remain in their hands, not Shas. Lieberman was condescending in the interview, stating “Shas will receive National Infrastructure, which is not bad. Also, Tourism, which can significantly advance Israel’s economy and I hope as a result of their tefilos, we will succeed.”
In regard to Deri, Lieberman said “Aryeh doesn’t have to be a minister. That is below him. He should be above this.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)