Shas official warns collapse of Netanyahu’s government is ‘only a matter of time’

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri speaks during an event of the Shas party ahead of the municipal elections in Jerusalem, February 19, 2024. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)
Shas chairman Aryeh Deri speaks during an event of the Shas party ahead of the municipal elections in Jerusalem, February 19, 2024. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)

Officials from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party warn that the government’s collapse is inevitable after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the contentious “Rabbis Bill” from the Knesset agenda hours before a vote on the legislation was scheduled to begin.

Speaking to the Kan public broadcaster, an unnamed Shas official say that “there is no coalition, there is no discipline, and the most frustrating thing is that the Likud is a party made up of 35 separate factions.”

“Everyone does as they please,” the official adds, quoting a verse from the Biblical Book of Judges. “The complete dissolution of the coalition is only a matter of time.”

Channel 12 on Tuesday claimed that Shas party leader Aryeh Deri was threatening to bring down the government if the bill, which aims to dramatically alter how municipal rabbis are chosen, was not brought to a vote.

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