Arye Deri, one of the three chairmen of the Shas Party, revealed dovish views on the peace process in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, calling for a long-term interim agreement with the Palestinian Authority.I'm sorry, but there's every chance they will endanger Israelis and so long as Islam is taught to those Arabs in Judea/Samaria by the PLO, that'll only ensure long term hatemongering and danger.
Support for an interim agreement in which Israel would withdraw from parts of the West Bank without evacuating settlements has come in the past from politicians on the Center-Left, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, but never from the leader of a party that for many years was considered right-wing.
“Shas is not Right or Left,” Deri said. “We ask rabbis what to do and we go by what they say. We aren’t nationalist. We believe Israel is ours because God gave it to us. I don’t believe I am an occupier. Our rabbis will decide what is best to do to avoid blood being spilled.”
When asked if Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef regretted having the party abstain from voting on the Oslo Accords in 1993, Deri said Yosef has written that the accord did not prove itself and led to terrorist attacks. He said Yosef currently does not believe there is a partner on the Palestinian side for negotiations.
“The rabbi believes we should not pursue a final-status agreement,” Deri said. “He is in favor of pursuing longterm interim agreements as long as they do not endanger Israelis. That would be the best. Then we can get to see how they turn out. The advantage of long-term interim agreements is that they can be stopped and changed if they don’t work.”
Shas was seen as more moderate when it was led by Deri and abstained on the Oslo Accord vote. When he was succeeded by Eli Yishai, the party moved to the Right.Okay, what's the big idea here? Any society that's going to raise itself on hateful ideologies, including the belief that honor murders are acceptable, cannot be entrusted with their own "education". And what does he mean by control their health and welfare, exactly? There's something very wrongheaded about that part. I thought the idea was to offer them a chance at both earning their living and building their own local economies honestly. Health systems too. Given that his party was in charge of the welfare ministry, you'd think he'd want to help out with stuff like that. Clearly, he doesn't. He's basically a dhimmi, and with criminal convictions to his record, that's one more reason why he doesn't deserve any sensible person's vote.
Until now it was unclear whether the party would moderate its message on diplomatic issues with Deri’s return, but he made clear that it would.
“I am not ready to live without hope,” Deri said. “We must consider what it means to annex 2 million Palestinians and control their education, health and welfare. The Israeli economy cannot bear that and I am not prepared to do that.”