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Yishai says Shas shrunk ‘like Ovadia Yosef said‘

Yachad leader Eli Yishai says “organized activities” were behind the failure of his party,a split-off from Shas to pass the electoral threshold, Haaretz reports.

Yishai alleges that forgery, illegal actions by those opposing the party and other forms of foul play were aimed at making Yachad fail, and files an official complaint with Central Election Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran on the matter.

Yishai held a press conference in Jerusalem this morning in which he admitted his failure. “One must know to lose honorably,” Yishai said, adding he was not sorry for splitting from Shas.

Leader of right wing party Yachad, Eli Yishai, speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem March 19, 2015. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Leader of right wing party Yachad, Eli Yishai, speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem March 19, 2015. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

He also said that former spiritual leader of Shas, the late rabbi Ovadia Yosef, predicted that the party would lose up to 40% of support if Aryeh Deri led it again. “The words of the sage rabbi did not go unfulfilled. Deri lost 30-40% of support for Shas,” Yishai said.

Yishai says he will not dismantle the party following its poor showing in the election. “I am not the type of politician who will tell you I am going to act for my own benefit. The answer is no, I will continue to serve the public.”

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