Yishai: Shas, Likud haven't held official coalition talks

January 27, 2013 17:23

Shas chairman Eli Yishai said Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had not yet held official negotiations with Shas or Bayit Yehudi, but expressed hopes that Shas would join a coalition dedicated to safeguarding the role of Judaism in Israel.

"Netanyahu has called me, and we've had all sorts of unofficial contact with the Likud," Yishai told Army Radio, "but official negotiations have not yet taken place."

Yishai refused to state definitely that he would form a block with fellow haredi party United Torah Judaism, but reiterated that he would not join a coalition unless yeshiva students would be allowed to continue studying torah in lieu of IDF service.

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