Yesh Atid Won’t Back Shas/Bayit Yehudi Deal for Chief Rabbinate


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pironMinister of Education (Yesh Atid) Rabbi Shai Piron on Monday afternoon 26 Iyar 5773 clarified his party will have no part in supporting legislation of a political nature, referring to the deal between Shas and Bayit Yehudi. The legislation intends to clear the way for HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita to run for a second term while lifting the 70-year-old age ceiling for candidates, clearing the way for Rabbi Yaakov Ariel Shlita to run for Ashkenazi chief rabbi.

Piron stated his party has already announced it will be supporting Rabbi David Stav in the election, adding Yesh Atid will support the bill seeking to enlarge the voting body to include a broader representation of voters for the nation’s chief rabbis.

“The elections for chief rabbis should be held in a timely fashion without deals and without changes in legislation” Piron added. Regarding the bill sent to the ministerial committee by MK (The Movement) Elazar Stern to expand the voting body, Piron points out the Ministerial Legislative Committee has already approved it. It appears that bill is not viewed as “legislative changes” by Piron, who feels adding fifty members to the voting body, including women, is essential towards expanding the voting body representation to better reflect the population.

Back in Bayit Yehudi there does not appear to be unity surrounding a deal with Shas, and according to some reports, party leader Minister Naftali Bennett does not recognize any deal between his party and Shas. Bennett in the past has signaled he supports Rav Stav.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Bennett clearly stated recently that there is NO DEAL between HaBayit Hayehudi and Sha”s and that it’s just another spin by Deri.

    Bennett explained that he had proposed a deal, with a deadline – that has long since passed. After the deadline passed harav Druckman sent harav Ovadia a letter – and received a reply from Deri, but none from harav Ovadia. ‘Enough is enough’ says Bennett, who has declared that he will now back the addition of women to the voting body and will only support Zionist rabbis for the positions of BOTH chief rabbis.

    If that is not enough, it is being reported that Deri’s spin has also angered harav Shtainman who had received a promise from Deri that Sha”s would not to make a deal with Habayit Hayehudi regarding the chief rabbis without consulting with him first.

    Whatever Deri is up to, he is burning his bridges at both ends.

  2. #1 Any deal, which would by the way lead to achdus in the dati camp (something I’m sure you aren’t opposed to), is to the benefit of BY, not Shas. Shas don’t need assistance getting their pick as the next Rishon L’tzion as a healthy majority of the people who decide that are compelled to follow the recommendations of Maran.

    Meanwhile, BY stand little chance of getting their choice in, with several dati leumi candidates fighting it out their votes will be divided and a hareidi ashkenazi Chief Rabbi will be voted. That is, assuming they don’t work with Shas rather than (in typical Lapid/secular fashion) try to sideline them.