Another Shas first, becoming the first chareidi members of the World Zionist Congress. WZO officials are confirming Shas entry into the organization will be approved in the near future. Chaggai Meirom, the WZO secretary and former Labor Party MK, explains Shas took major steps towards acceptance in the organization.
This includes amending Shas’ charter to include the “Jerusalem Plan”, acknowledging Zionism and the central role of Jerusalem and Israel to the Jewish People.
Meirom calls the move “historic”, the entry of a chareidi party to the Zionist body. Minister of Religious Services (Shas) Yaakov Margi, who spearheaded the move, explained that Shas has much to give to Diaspora Jewry and until now, this aspect of the party’s work has been sorely ignored.
Regarding the fact that Shas is a chareidi party, Margi explains, “There is no one who davens three times daily and is more a Zionist than Rav’ Ovadia Yosef. There is no contradiction between being a chareidi and a Zionist” he concluded.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)