Arye Deri, of the Shas party on Thursday recommended Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to form the next government.
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Deri said, "According to the meetings that we had with Netanyahu, he told us he would start serious negotiations next week."
"I don't think he'll allow other parties to disqualify us," Deri added.
Deri gave President Shimon Peres a letter from Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef, in which he compelled him to ensure there would be no rift in the nation, and reminded him that he had been Ben Gurion's emissary in the initial agreement to exempt yeshiva students from military service.