Speaking with Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet on Thursday morning 7 Sivan 5773, Finance Minister (Yesh Atid) Yair Lapid spoke about the state budget, the need for austerity, budget cuts and much more, including Shas leader MK Aryeh Deri’s announced deal with the treasury. The Times of Israel on 5 Sivan and other media agencies reported the Deri announced he reached a deal with Yesh Atid. Deri explained the deal with Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron and Finance Minister Yair Lapid will permit state funding for schools affiliated with Shas’ Mayan HaChinuch education network as the latter agrees to teach core subjects such as English, math and science to its students.
Asked to comment on the deal with Shas, Finance Minister Lapid said “he is a liar”, explaining “Deri announced that we met and closed on the deal and I am telling you that we never met and we never spoke. He is a liar, as has already been proven by three courts.”
Lapid acknowledged that Minister Rabbi Piron is working to introduce core subjects into chareidi schools but stressed that despite Deri’s announcement, he never spoke with the newly-appointed Shas leader.
In messages sent by Lapid to constituents, he explained that he and Rabbi Piron have decided to push off establishing a national chareidi education curriculum that will set guidelines for funding eligibility. Lapid explains they told Deri this to allay his fears for now, which was followed by Deri’s media announced as if he cut a deal with Lapid.
Deri released a statement after the finance minister denied the accuracy of his statements, seeking to clarify that he reached agreement with Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron of Lapid’s party, adding that Lapid falsely accused him of lying.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)