Shas chairman Eli Yishai stressed on Monday morning that rebel MK Haim Amsalem
was not Amalek, the biblical nemesis of the Jewish people to whom Amsalem was
compared in a recent edition of Shas’s newspaper Yom Leyom.
should be called Amalek; such comments are not acceptable,” Yishai told Israel
Radio, adding that at his request, the newspaper would publish a
Reality Check: A bête noire and a hero
Yishai publicly slams Amsalem; MK appointed bodyguard
A complaint to the Tel Aviv Police, filed on Thursday over
threats and incitement to violence allegedly implied in the Yom Leyom
as well as a letter to State Attorney Moshe Lador and Attorney-General Yehuda
Weinstein asking that they order a criminal investigation into the alleged
incitement, has yet to be addressed by the law enforcement
Yishai also said that claiming haredim did not seek vocational
training or join the labor force was slanderous of an entire movement that did
indeed encourage people to work – a reference to part of Amsalem’s critique,
which helped bring about his ousting by the Shas Council of Torah
Amsalem remains firm in his refusal to abide by the
The minister also said that Shas’s stance, backed by the head
of the council, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, was to encourage those who were not Torah
scholars to seek employment.
What prevents more haredim from joining the
workforce is the Finance Ministry’s failure to allocate enough money to help
them get jobs, Yishai said.