When the Shas hits the fan

Ynet has an interview with the Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri. Out of power, and away from the center of influence, Shas is struggling a bit. From what I hear, it is retaining its support among the hardcore, traditional Shas voters. But floating voters are – at least now – more inclined to vote for other parties. This condemns Shas to more time in the political wilderness. How will the party solve that?

Continued attacks on the government as being anti-Haredi? Unlikely. This interview may give a hint at the strategy. It’s fairly open warfare against Netanyahu. It’s negative politics and campaigning of the worst kind. It would be sad to see that succeed because, on the basis of what their leader says, Shas have nothing positive to offer the country. They belong in the political wilderness. Forty years, anyone?

Some brief points.

Deri is asked if the government is anti-Haredi. This is his reply:

Yes, unequivocally so. From the moment this government was formed, it’s been united by a single purpose – to harm the ultra-Orthodox public as much as possible, the Torah-studying public and the weaker sectors of the population.”

This is delusional nonsense.

In answer to another question about Shas’ natural partners, he included this:

Lapid, Bennett, Lieberman and (Tzipi) Livni taught us a lesson… They taught us how everyone looks out for themselves, without even a glance to the left or the right.”

If ever there were a party that looked out for itself and its constituents, that party was and is Shas. He is surely projecting, big time.

Both these points of detail suggest that Shas does not belong in the government, at least with Deri at the helm.

Out with it

Disgraced (as far as I am concerned) politician Aryeh Deri cannot redeem himself at a stroke. However, according to this Ynet piece, his declaration in the face of Anti-Arab graffiti that:

“The hands that spelled out this sentence ‘Arabs out’ needs to remember that the hands of our greatest haters wrote ‘Jews out’. It’s the same thing.”

“We need to take responsibility; there are Jews all over the world. We can’t be shocked to see this in Europe and cry ‘anti-Semitism’ while not condemning it here at home. It’s not Judaism, it’s the opposite of Judaism and Torah. Whoever did this, has hurt the Torah.”

…is at least a step in the right direction. I wish there had been more Israeli politicians showing solidarity and support for the victims. We need to stamp out this racist rubbish.