In recent weeks, Am Shalem party leader Rabbi Chaim Amsellem has attempted to reach agreement to link with a number of parties ahead of elections for the 20th Knesset. The list includes Bayit Yehudi and the Kulanu party headed by Moshe Kahlon. There were also talks with Likud officials.
It is now reported that talks are underway towards Amsellem’s return to Shas, the party he was ousted from, leading to the launch of his own party. From Shas’ perspective, the Amsellem votes would buy the party another seat or two.
Speaking to Mordechai Lavi of Kol Berama Radio, MK Yaakov Margi explained that Shas is focused on achdus and towards achieving this, efforts include closing ranks with Rabbi Chaim Amsellem and Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak.
MK Yitzchak stated this was among the issues discussed at a recent faction meeting in Shas’ Jerusalem headquarters.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)