A number of Shas MKs have also been told by constituents that Deri's return will harm the party.Let's hope not. Just because Deri may be number two on the list this time doesn't mean he couldn't have influence of a bad sort. This is exactly why I hope those voters already disturbed about Deri's presence will consider voting for Rabbi Amsalem's new party.
"We've received more than a few letters from voters who said they supported Shas because it was a right-wing party, and now, with Deri, who supported the Oslo Accords, they won't vote for us," the MKs said. "Also, the talk about Deri having served in prison is not good for us. We hope that [the compromise deal] will pay off in reality."
Update: The Jerusalem Post wrote an editorial about why it's very doubtful that Deri has repented for his past offenses.