Aryeh Deri: “I’m Seeking An Ashkenazi Candidate For Shas”

Illustrative. Shas chairman Aryeh Deri speaks at a conference for Chareidi parties as UTJ chairman Moshe Gafni and former UTJ MK Yaakov Litzman look on.

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Shas chairman Aryeh Deri said on Wednesday evening that he is seeking an Ashkenazi candidate for the Shas party ahead of the elections for the 25th Knesset.

Speaking in an interview with Kol B’Ramah, Deri said: “I receive hundreds of inquiries from people from the Ashkenazi public who tell me: ‘You’re the ones who represent me, we feel a part of you,'” Deri said.

“That’s why I think that there’s a place for an Ashkenazi representative in Shas. I’m definitely looking for someone suitable for the position.”

Deri added that he thinks that Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisrael won’t end up splitting up. “I believe that Degel and Agudah will not take the risk of splitting up. Gedolei Yisrael will sit down and reach an agreement. My hope is that they will run together.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. This is a good addition – Shas is closest to represent “traditional” Shabbat Shomer Jews who are not separating from society and, at the same time, are not necessarily into nationalist ideologies. Machlokets of haskala broke up Ashekanazi community into camps and Sephardim have more people like that, but, I hope, there are still some and can add a couple of seats to the religious parties.

  2. So let me get this straight
    We’re prohibited from walking into a church—
    But we can listen to this drivel ?
    Shouldn’t there be a rule against this?
    Rules committee?

  3. This kind of seems like Biden electing the Supreme Court Justice. “I’m seeking a Black Woman Candidate for SC”. Why is this any different??

  4. Yak, the difference is this is not about a judge on a court, who should be chosen purely on merit. This is about choosing a candidate for a political party’s list, and therefore the only relevant qualification is how many votes the candidate will attract. To be worth putting on the list a candidate must be able to bring in at least enough votes for one additional seat; otherwise there’s no point.