Deri says government should heed US, not retaliate against Iran

Shas party leader MK Aryeh Deri in the Knesset, Jerusalem, March 13, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Shas party leader MK Aryeh Deri in the Knesset, Jerusalem, March 13, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Shas party head and war cabinet observer Aryeh Deri says Israel should not strike back at Iran following the weekend missile and drone attack, which he says was fended off thanks to “unparalleled miracles.”

Deri tells the Haderech newspaper that Israel has enough on its plate with the war in Gaza, the hostage crisis and hostilities in the north.

“So the right thing at this time is to focus on that and not open more fronts, not to look for ways to escalate the situation,” he tells the paper, largely seen as a Shas party organ.

“Our enemies are looking for that, hoping for, as I said, us to get to a situation of the fronts combining, and we don’t need to be dragged to that place,” he adds.

Deri adds that it is important to listen to allies, noting that rabbis he has met with over the years have all counseled keeping close ties with Washington.

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