Shas leader says yeshiva students are more important than soldiers

Shas leader Arye Deri said he believes that enlistment-aged men who choose to study in yeshiva instead of being drafted into the army should be allowed to do so, and that they are even more important than those who choose to become IDF soldiers.
The MK's views on the Haredi enlistment issue was outlined during an interview with Israel Radio on Monday morning.
Deri also noted that in the wake of the death of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas members are uniting and working together in cooperation.
Lately Deri had been at odds with former Shas chairman MK Eli Yishai, who had allegedly been considering the creation of a breakaway Shas faction.
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