|Aryeh Deri Shas Party|
Speaking with ‘Ladaat.net’ last week, Shas leader Aryeh Deri announced his party will support legislation from Arab and the left-wing Meretz parties for their support in return for Shas in the party’s battle against the new draft law containing penal consequences for chareidim. Deri stipulated that Shas’ support for their bills obviously does not include any bill which Shas feels will bring “catastrophic results”.
Deri has been meeting with MKs including opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog in the hope of mustering support for the chareidi position in the new draft law. Deri basically is working to establish a quid pro quo arrangement with opposition parties. He adds that “one should not be under any illusions. We are going to vote against the chareidi draft law but as Maran ZT”L instructed us, we must act to limit the damage as much as possible.”
Deri is planning to continue meeting with left-wing opposition MKs this week ahead of the new chareidi draft bill being voted upon in Knesset.