Interior Minister Eli Yishai on
Thursday was named in the top spot on the Shas party list for the 19th
Knesset elections, putting an end to rampant speculation that rival
Aryeh Deri would be placed above him.
Tensions had been rising in Shas over the final placements on the party’s
electoral list. Shas does not hold a primary election, so the
order of candidates on the party list is chosen by the party’s Council of Torah
Sages, which is comprised of Yosef and rabbis Shimon Badani, Shalom Cohen and
Aryeh Deri was placed second on the list, with Ariel Attias taking the third spot.