The proposed Amar-Ariel deal for the Chief Rabbinate, which was already
at death’s door, was given the coup de grâce by Shas on Tuesday in a
press statement by chairman Arye Deri declaring that the party would not
support any arrangement with Bayit Yehudi on the issue.
the deal, Bayit Yehudi and Shas would have provided mutual support for
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel as Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and for incumbent Sephardi
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to keep his position.
Deri said that
Bayit Yehudi had reneged on the proposals made between the two parties,
particularly a promise not to advance legislation to enlarge the chief
rabbis selection committee which Bayit Yehudi helped pass in a
preliminary reading last week in Knesset.
Deri added that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was completely opposed to the candidacy of Stav.