The battle over the Religious Affairs Ministry continued last night when Shas chairman Aryeh Deri stressed his refusal to accept the appointment of a deputy minister from Bayit Yehudi, Arutz Sheva reports.
Interviewed on Channel Ten’s “Central Headquarters,” after Shabbos, Deri addressed the bitter dispute, arguing, “I will never give in [to pressure] to divide the Religious Affairs Ministry and make it into a multi-party ministry.”
The harsh statement came after Jewish Home expressed outrage last week at the announcement Shas would receive the ministry, and chairman Naftali Bennett threatened to halt coalition talks.
But Deri, Arutz Sheva reported, also had a message for Bennett, who is set to receive the education portfolio. “As Education Minister, in charge of education, I am sure he will represent us just as he will represent all the children of Israel. The same thing needs to happen from them and to rely on the Shas MK who will manage the Religious Affairs Ministry as needed.”