Just when things were looking up for Shas and party leader Aryeh Deri, Eli Yishai’s future in the party is questionable. Deri announced earlier in the week that the two have worked out their differences and Yishai was locked into the second slot on the party lineup and would serve as a senior minister in the next coalition.
Yishai met on Wednesday night the eve of 19 Kislev with HaGaon HaRav Shimon Ba’adani, a member of the party’s Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael. It was during the meeting that Rabbi Ba’adani told Yishai that Deri is demanding that he give him an undated letter of resignation to keep on file, which Deri will use when he feels Yishai has acted against party interests. Rabbi Ba’adani presented Yishai with other demands made by Deri as well. The other demands made by Deri have not been publicized.
Yishai explained he is not writing any such letter and as a result, a meeting that was to have taken place between the two on Thursday was canceled.
Arguably Deri is under a great deal of pressure, especially following this week’s poll that showed Shas with him at the helm would receive seven seats but if Yishai returns to the leadership position, Shas will receive nine seats. Deri officials discarded the accuracy of that poll.
At present, it appears the two will be meeting on Sunday, 22 Kislev, at which time they hope to determine Yishai’s future in the party.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)