Rainout bad start for Shas campaign

Shas suffered a blow to its election campaign Wednesday when heavy rainfall cut short a major annual rally at Jerusalem's Sacher Park that drew thousa

By MATTHEW WAGNER, GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
October 19, 2005 18:58
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Shas suffered a blow to its election campaign Wednesday when heavy rainfall cut short a major annual rally at Jerusalem's Sacher Park that drew thousands. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef barely managed to bless the crowd and attack the Likud before the downpour forced participants to abandon the park for cover. Speaking from a megaphone after the sound system was shut down for fear of electrical shortages caused by the heavy rain, Yosef, Shas's spiritual leader, called on the crowd to vote for Shas in the next elections. Recent polls show that if elections were to take place now Shas would not gain any more than its present 11 Knesset seats and might even fall to 9 mandates.

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