Deri: I Am sorry I Didn’t Speak Out 18 Months Ago


deriSpeaking at an Ashdod election kenos, Shas party leader Aryeh Deri launched an attack against Eli Yishai. In the presence of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita Deri stated he is sorry that he did not speak out a year-and-a-half ago and say what had to be said but instead, he opted to remain silent.

He asked participants if they can fathom how persons like Eli Yishai act as they wish despite the consequences, stating that it is unimaginable that if Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L was alive anyone would have the audacity to break away and launch a competing party. Sadly he stated this is the case today, that anyone who wishes simply gets up and starts another party.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Does Deri think people have only short term memories? Deri HIMSELF threatened to start a new competing party unless Rav Ovadia gave Shas back to him to head.

  2. We get shocked over the rhetoric of frum politicians during elections, but that is in part since we are used to America where a candidate has to appeal to opponent’s base. In Israel that is hopeless, so they appeal to the supporters of those in parties most closely allied with their own meaning that frum politicians attack other frum politicians, even though the day after the election they are working together again (since they agree with each more than with anyone else).

  3. I don’t believe I am hearing this!!

    Aryeh Deri HIMSELF was interviewed recently on Israeli TV and he stated clearly that HE had intentions to form a new party and leave Shas!!

    How can he speak from two sides of his mouth?!

  4. Such a Mechutzaf. He himself talked openly about himself opening a new party, and yes while “Maran” was alive.

    These types of manipulators have a way of rewriting even most vivid and recent history…

  5. Maybe he spoke or even threatened but deri never open a party against maran, and yishai did that’s a fact. deri will one day, not this election be back a big party and he will and knows how to help The zibur more then all charedi poltions.

  6. well back when deri wanted to break off he had the blessings of maran! but when yishai wants to do it the new boss deri isnt giving his blessings. this guy is way off the charts!

  7. No, Rav Ovadia NEVER endorsed Deri starting his own party. The only reason Deri didn’t start a new party was because his pressure bore out and he was made head of Shas. Otherwise he said he would start his own party even though Rav Ovadia never gave him permission to do so. And Rav Ovadia never stated he is opposed to Yishai starting his own party. So what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  8. I don’t know why anyone takes deri seriously these days. It has become so obvious that he is a phony and an opportunist with no values, other than seeing himself in power.
    When Horav Ovadia Yossef made him head of Shas, I had begun to lose respect for him. However, when the tapes came out showing How Horav Yosef really resented him, but was forced to take him back because he was threatened by thus hooligan, I regained my respect for him. Although, an argument can be made, that he should have stood up to him, nevertheless, I understand him. Therefore, those people claiming that the tapes are embarrassing to Horav Yosef, are wrong. The opposite is true. It shows that he had it right and knew his true number.

  9. ujm don’t know if you know that when rav ovdia made deri back leader he told yishai not to open a new party if you hate deri banng yourself in the world because he is go to get a big party not this election but he will.

  10. Atyeshiva: Rav Ovadia never told Yishai not to open a new party. Rav Ovadia didn’t think Yishai was thinking of opening a party because Yishai never expressed any such sentiment. Only Deri expressed the desire to open a new party if he wasn’t made boss of Shas. So Deri supports the idea of opening a new party to compete with Shas – if it is good for Deri, even if it is bad for Shas.