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Shas slams political opponents

Shas runs smear campaign in its journal, slamming both secular and religious political opponents, from Yair Lapid to Rabbi Haim Amsalem

Akiva Novick
Published: 11.08.12, 15:53 / Israel News

Shas' elections campaign kicked off with an attack against anyone perceived as an electoral threat, including Yair Lapid, Rabbi Shay Piron, Elazar Stern and Rabbi Haim Amsalem, former Shas MK who recently formed a rival movement.

  

In its "Yom LeYom" journal, the Shas party wrote of Lapid's Yesh Atid party that it was a "party that is entirely based on hostility and animosity towards everything that is holy." Not sparing religious opponents as well, the writer of the popular column "Shor Moed" said of both Rabbi Piron and Dr. Aliza Lavi that "even if some of their friends are observant people, those are fig leaves, seeing as their positions are not less threatening."

 

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The journal also cast insult on Rabbi Piron by calling him a reformist rabbi, and yet another column wrote that he was a hater of Israel and that he could only redeem himself by confessing that greed and vanity have lost him his sanity and his religion. "And if that is the case," the column wrote, "we can only feel sorry for him."

  

Rabbi Amsalem, who was expelled from Shas due to his moderate positions and is now a contender running with his own party for the Knesset, was also attacked in the journal. "Has he no shame to present such a party platform?" Yom Le Yom asked in regards to Amsalem's "Moderate Judaism" slogan; "Insolence and blasphemy has no limit." Though Amsalem's name was not mentioned, his identity was implied in regards to his latest political activities.

  

The paper also cast its critique on Amsalem's reported supporter, Elazar Sten, who recently slammed Yeshivot students, writing he too was a hater of the State of Israel.

 

Akiva Novick is a Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent

 

 

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