Arye Deri at the President's residence 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
For a second day running, one of the three joint Shas leaders issued a lengthy
and angry statement denouncing the exclusion of haredi parties from the
government in the process of being formed.
Haredi politicians and
spiritual leaders have reacted furiously in recent days to what they claim is a
deliberate campaign to deny the haredi community political representation in the
Writing on his Facebook page, Arye Deri laid the blame for
what he described as the exclusion of the haredi community and the abandonment
of the weaker sectors of society squarely at the feet of Prime Minister Binyamin
“In front of our eyes, a bourgeois government is being
established which consists entirely of the upper class, a government that from
among its leaders no-one knows what it’s like to live in difficulty,” wrote
Deri, addressing the issue of coalition negotiations publicly for the first
“If that were not bad enough, these [leaders] are also the ones who
will cut into the living flesh, who will enact fierce budget cuts and the ones
who will immediately suffer from this are the weaker sectors of
The Shas leader continued, saying that “an absurd situation has
arisen in which legitimate political movements in Israel can openly declare that
two million people should be excluded from government just because that’s what
makes them comfortable.”
“The result is that 2,000,000 people, all of
whom are citizens of the Second Israel, the Israel of the weak sectors, the
Israel of those who can’t start the month [financially] and those who can’t
finish the month, all remain without representation in the coming
Addressing the prime minister directly, Deri said that
history would judge Netanyahu harshly and that he would not be able to wash his
hands of the results, despite his excuses that he fought against the exclusion
of the haredi parties from the government.
“The blame lies and will lie
solely with you,” Deri charged. “You will not be able to evade
Alongside Deri’s polemic, several other haredi
politicians and rabbis continued to blame the Bayit Yehudi for the likely
absence of haredi parties from the new government.
Chairman of United
Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler said that even if the haredi parties would have
agreed to all of the demands made of them during coalition talks, they would
still not have been accepted into government.
“It’s not because of
differences of opinion on issues that we have been excluded,” he told The
Jerusalem Post, “because they never asked us our opinion and never approached us
to enter into dialogue,” Eichler claimed.
“Israel is the only country in
the world which boycotts Jews just because of what they believe in, which is
what this country is doing to haredim because they have a different way of
life,” he added.
“There’s no cure for this problem, it’s an emotional
issue for people who want to exclude haredim, not a logical or intellectual
Meanwhile, the grand rabbi of the Slonim hassidic dynasty, Rabbi
Shmuel Berezovsky said that over Shabbat that the leaders of Bayit Yehudi were
being controlled by the devil.
“There are those from the
national-religious community who chose to unite and cooperate with those who do
evil to the covenant,” the rebbe said as reported by the Kikar Hashabbat haredi
“It’s important to know that they are not doing this by
themselves, Satan has taken control of them, because otherwise it’s impossible
to explain this,” the rabbi said.