Deri backs Netanyahu as PM but says he doesn’t rule out Herzog

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March 7, 2015 22:01
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Shas chairman Arye Deri said Saturday night that he would not sit in a left-wing government that included the Arab parties and Yesh Atid but added that he did not rule out Zionist Union leader as prime minister.

Speaking on Channel’s 10 Hamateh show, Deri repeated however that Shas wanted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government.

“We want Bibi and we’ll recommend Bibi [to the President],” said Deri. “We want the Bibi of tradition not the one Bibi who hurt the weaker sectors of society and who took Lapid and Bennett but excluded us,” he continued in reference to the composition of the outgoing government.

The Shas chairman spoke again, as he has done recently, about the historical affinity between Sephardi voters and the Likud party, as well as the long alliance of Likud with the haredi parties, and said he wanted to be part of a Likud-led government in order to “watch over” the government’s attitude to working class Israelis whose cause Deri has championed in the current election campaign.

“I have to look out for the two million people who no-one counts, and who can’t ever start the month [financially],” Deri declared.

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