Shas rabbi promises afterlife to Liberman, Lapid if they join haredim

Rabbi’s comments come after Yisrael Beytenu and Blue and White ruled out sitting in a coalition with religious parties on their terms.

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October 17, 2019 05:29
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Spiritual leader of the Shas party Rabbi Shalom Cohen (center), flanked by Shas party chairman and I

Spiritual leader of the Shas party Rabbi Shalom Cohen (center), flanked by Shas party chairman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (left), and Rabbi David Yosef (right). (photo credit: KIM EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

The spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, has promised Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman and Blue and White co-chairman Yair Lapid the afterlife if they join a coalition with the ultra-Orthodox parties.

Cohen’s comments come against the current political deadlock in negotiations to form a new government, in which both Yisrael Beytenu and Blue and White having ruled out sitting in a coalition with the religious parties on their terms.

Shas and its Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox counterpart United Torah Judaism have for a long time ruled out sitting with Lapid, so Cohen’s promise of a place in the world to come for the bêtes noires of the ultra-Orthodox community would appear to be a break in that boycott.

“Liberman and Lapid, know that I do not hate anyone,” said Cohen at a “greet your rabbi” event held by Shas in Jerusalem on Tuesday night. “I welcome everyone with love. I am certain that you did not intend to anger God, just the politicians, and the proof is that you have not been given the ability to form an evil government. I say here to Lapid and Liberman: if you now join a government with the ultra-Orthodox [parties], you will merit a divine voice that will come forth [from Heaven] and declare ‘Liberman and Lapid are invited to the world to come.’”


    


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