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Late Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's daughter, Adina Bar-Shalom, gave indications that she intends to run for the next Knesset in an interview published Tuesday in Yediot Aharonot.
Bar-Shalom responded to a statement Shas leader Arye Deri told the newspaper last week opposing women running in the party in the next election and saying Yosef did as well. Deri rejected the idea of including Bar-Shalom on the Shas list.
"She never spoke about a desire to enter politics when her father was alive, because she knew that if she did, she would never be able to enter his house again," Deri said.
Bar-Shalom responded that if he would say such a thing, Deri apparently did not know her father very well.
"He wasn't in my father's house for 13 years so he should not claim to know what my father would think about me entering politics," she said. "What does he know about my father. He apparently does not know him at all."
Bar-Shalom has been mentioned as a possible candidate on lists expected to be formed by former social welfare minister Moshe Kahlon or former Shas chairman Eli Yishai.
She was awarded the Israel Prize in May for her work advancing haredi women's education. She founded the Haredi Women's College in Jerusalem in 2001.