The next political “big bang”? Shas Chairman MK Aryeh Deri, announced Sunday that his party will cooperate with Moshe Kahlon, who announced last week he is forming a new political party. Deri stated that: “If he will get 10 mandates we could work together to promote change – Kahlon is aware of the social issues, he grew up where I grew up. We both grew up in poverty”.
“After the elections there will be other players in the political arena. Kahlon will receive our full support – even if he’ll take a mandate or two from me – Kahlon brings something new to the table”, said the former Interior Minister Aryeh Deri. “We won’t fight each other: on the contrary – I welcome him.”
Deri estimated that the coalition will not disband this year, despite reports of growing tensions over settlement construction and the “housing law”: “the assumption of coalition leaders is that we are not heading for elections this year, only issues regarding the conflict and the peace-talks will change this.”