Shas is an Israeli political party, one that’s been part of the ruling coalition governments of Israel for the past 15 years or so. They somewhat defy definition… Ultra-orthodox leadership (and ultra-orthodox educational network), Sephardi ethnic focus, focus on the poor and even helping some Arab Israeli communities, supported withdrawal from Gaza but strong on Israel as the religious Jewish homeland.
Here’s their latest campaign video, dubbed (captioned) in English. The return of Aryeh Deri (previous party leader convicted and imprisoned for corruption) seems to have returned Shas to an earlier age of divisiveness and even nastiness.
They almost had my vote. This video didn’t lose it, a newly announced position of it being acceptable to give up land for peace (again) [duck, incoming missile from Gaza] did. But this kind of cultural divisiveness would have as well.
What Israel DOES NOT need right now is the INTENTIONAL pitting of the religious against the non-religious, the Russian immigrants against the Sephardim and/or religious, or anyone against anyone! There’s enough stress factors already. Israel needs ACHDUS – unity.
Shas is politicking the opposite…