In a lengthy and angry statement Saturday night, joint Shas leader Eli Yishai said that he and his party were reconciled to going into opposition but accused Bayit Yehudi leader Nafatli Bennett of stabbing the haredi community in the back.
Writing on Facebook, Yishai said that those who had been praying for a government without any haredim were on the verge of success, and that Shas “will go into the opposition with our heads held high.”
He promised, however, that his party would not take political revenge on Bayit Yehudi or the settler movement, by acting against the settlements in the future and said that the haredim would be ready and waiting to help when the settlers will ask for help.
“The 2013 elections will be remembered as the day on which an entire community, traditional people and haredim, were boycotted simply because of their faith and outlook on life,” the Shas leader said.
Warning that Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid would betray the Bayit Yehudi party and the settler movement and seek to “injure the settlements and the settlers in Judea and Samaria,” Yishai said that Shas would not turn its back on them.