Not everyone in Shas is pleased with an idea which is gaining momentum, with supporters of the former party leader, Rabbi Aryeh Deri, calling to appoint him as the party present, immediately, before the February 10th general elections.
Last week, a number of rabbonim and askanim visited Rabbi Shalom Cohen Shlita, a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, suggesting that Deri be appointed as the party’s present, a move to orchestra his reentry into the political arena.
The rabbonim explained that Deri will bring votes and appointing him now will assist the party in election, adding that in eight months, when his moral turpitude clause has elapsed, he can be appointed to a senior administrative post in the party. One of the rabbonim pushing heavily for the move is Rav David Yosef, a son of Rav Ovadia Shlita.
Rav Shalom has decided not to respond and it appears he is placing the decision in the lap of Rav Ovadia.
Yishai aides were fuming at the concept, telling the media the Rav is opposed to the move. Deri aides on the other hand report the Rav has yet to decide.
Rav David Yosef, who is currently not in the country, stated “I love Deri with all my heart and I am certain anything he is involved in will succeed.”
Shas officials refused an official comment. Deri stated he personally is unaware of the ongoing process.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)