The 2013 elections will be remembered as the ones in which an entire sector of Israeli society was boycotted, one of Shas’s leaders, MK Eli Yishai, said on Motzoei Shabbos.
“The 2013 election will be remembered as a day on which an entire sector, traditional and religious, was boycotted solely for its beliefs and perceptions,” wrote Yishai on his Facebook page.
“Beautiful words cannot sweeten the fracture and deep rift which was created in the current time period but will be remembered for years to come,” he added.
“I’m not complaining about Shas not entering the coalition, which certainly disturbs me, but it’s much more disturbing that this reality was not created by disagreements, it was created for one simple reason: to see the hareidim out, matter what. Anyone who claims otherwise is not telling the truth and is dismissive of the entire public’s intelligence,” said Yishai.
He indicated that Shas “will enter the opposition proudly with our heads held high. Our struggle there will contrast the war waged against us, it will not be a struggle of boycotts but a struggle for the right and the duty to represent those whose voices they tried to silence.”
Yishai pointed the finger at Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid for the chareidim being left out of the coalition but promised that Shas would not take political revenge on the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.
Warning that Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid would betray the Bayit Yehudi and seek to “hurt the settlements and the residents of Judea and Samaria,” Yishai said that his party would not turn its back on them.
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