Yishai: Likud fears Yair Lapid (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 12.20.10, 17:06)
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Shas leader says journalist´s popularity among seculars causing Likud
ministers to ´compete for the most anti-haredi headlines,´ adding
that ´major changes are taking place within the ultra-Orthodox
Interior Minister Eli Yishai slammed what he referred to
as "continuous incitement against the haredim."
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Yishai said journalist Yair Lapid´s
popularity (among secular Israelis) has caused ministers from the
Likud party to "compete for the most anti-haredi headlines."
"All they are interested in is bashing the haredim, with total
disregard for reality," said the Shas chairman," adding "Likud
returned to power because of Shas. They are acting against people who
believe in G-d."
Yishai called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Opposition leader
Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman to "stop the incitement" and "help those who want to join
Yishai made it clear that he has no intention of bringing Netanyahu´s
government down. "We want to maintain this coalition, but I urge the
party leaders to stop the incitement. You are tearing the nation
apart. Major changes are taking place within the ultra-Orthodox
community. Today there is an academic track for the haredi sector.
There is a (haredi) battalion, and we want another one, maybe two,
but we were told there is not budget for it."
As for the IDF conversions bill, the interior minister said he would
vote in favor of the proposal "if the negotiations on conversions
Last week, after the IDF conversions bill passed in a preliminary
reading in the Knesset, Yishai said Shas would consider leaving the
government if the bill is submitted for a first reading.
Yishai did not participate in Sunday´s cabinet vote on a plan that
would extend yeshiva students´ allowances by at least five years. Two
other Shas ministers abstained. Cabinet approved the plan. (Copyright
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