Murmurings of discontent continue to emanate from the Shas movement following
the death of spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
Following complaints by
associates of former party chairman MK Eli Yishai that Arye Deri, the recently
installed chairman, had unduly taken control of Tuesday’s funeral procession and
eulogies, it was reported on Thursday that Yosef’s sons had spoken pointedly
with Yishai and told him to put an end to any activity that might reflect
disunity within the Shas movement.
Several members of the Yosef family
accosted Yishai on Wednesday morning, Ma’ariv reported. They were angry at
complaints from Yishai associates and accused him of trying to split the
Yishai said the comments were made without his knowledge and that
he was committed to party unity.
A Shas source told The Jerusalem Post
that the general feeling in the movement was one of uncertainty regarding the
party’s future and its leadership.
One of the central issues that Shas
will need to address is who will be appointed to the Council of Torah Sages, the
body which under Yosef ruled on all major policy decisions, now that he has
It must also be decided who, if anyone, will be appointed council
Speaking to the Post
, Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev said that although
a lacuna had been created in the party’s decision-making process by Yosef’s
death, the Council of Torah Sages was still authorized to rule on the most
crucial and serious issued that might be placed before it.
He noted that
decisions and legislation of a less critical nature was generally not brought
before the council for discussion and that the party’s MKs would continue to
deal with such issues within the political faction.
“If there are
disagreements between the politicians then such issues will be brought before
the council for a ruling,” Ze’ev said.
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