Former Knesset Member Aryeh Deri said today that the governing system in Israel must be changed and that chareidi parties should be dismantled. He reiterated his previous announcement of returning to public life, but noted he did not yet know in which capacity.
The former MK also slammed “a radical minority within the chareidi sector which sullies the reputation of the entire group.”
Deri participated in a conference on the rift between the chareidi public and the secular society at the Ono Academic College’s chareidi campus in Or Yehuda. The event was also attended by Opposition Chairwoman Tizpi Livni and journalist Sever Plocker.
“I am in favor of changing the election system. I want direct voting for the role of prime minister, similar to the method employed in the Unites States,” Deri said.
“I am in favor of canceling the chareidi parties, and for regional elections with the president or prime minister appointing professional and not political ministers,” Deri told the chareidi students. The former Shas chairman noted, “Under the current system, the minority has no other way to protect itself.”
Deri also slammed groups within the chareidi sector who he said were damaging the seculars’ perception of the chareidi public.
“Unfortunately, as chareidim we must perform serious self-examination. Our image in the secular public is one of cart burners, stone throwers and blackmailers.”
He further added, “This is the only connection secular have with chareidim, but it’s not the truth. Approximately 99% of the chareidi public does not approve of such things.”
Referring to the “problematic” minority within chareidi society, the former Shas chairman said, “I won’t go into details so my car won’t get torched tomorrow morning. This minority isn’t even a minority, it’s one thousandth of the sector, which is taking over.”