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Shas spiritual leader hails demise of ‘government that tried to destroy Judaism’

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Cohen speaks at a Shas conference in Jerusalem on September 27, 2018. (Aharon Krohn/ Flash90/ File)
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Shalom Cohen speaks at a Shas conference in Jerusalem on September 27, 2018. (Aharon Krohn/ Flash90/ File)

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, hails the impending dissolution of the government from his hospital room.

“His name is praised in the world! A government that harmed and tried to destroy Judaism and the sanctity of Israel and harmed the weak has been driven from the world. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, has taken mercy on the people of Israel,” Cohen says in a statement.

Cohen, 91, has been in and out of the hospital regularly over the past year. He was admitted to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem last week for routine tests.

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