(JNS.org) Eli Yishai, the leader of Israel's haredi Sephardic political party Shas, announced Monday that he is leaving his post to form a new party called Yachad ("together" in Hebrew) for next March's Knesset elections.
“The people want to finally break the barriers between religious and secular, between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, to bring the tribes of Israel together. The people are with [my new party] because the people want social justice and concern for the poor, the lower class, the periphery and development towns,” Yishai said during a press conference in Jerusalem.
“I have no doubt I am creating a new party with clean hands, honesty, and trust,” added Yishai.
On Sunday, Shas announced a plan to form a council of women to be headed by the daughter of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in response to demands that haredi women be allowed to run for Knesset.