Yishai stressed that Shas' spiritual leaders ruled that the party will not stay in the government for even one day should negotiations with the Palestinians on the future of Jerusalem get underway. Yishai called on party representatives present at the convention to prepare for local authority elections in November, and said that the general elections may be held even before that.
In light of frozen construction activity in West Bank settlements and in Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Pisgat Ze'ev, Yishai recently turned to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and asked for clarifications on the matter.
Barak still undecided
On Monday, Shas faction members are expected to tour Jerusalem and signal to PM Olmert that they are serious about their declarations and objections in regards to the handing over of Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Palestinian Authority in the framework of the diplomatic process.