Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef urged "Ashkenazi brothers, many of whom have gotten apartments from the Housing Ministry when it was in Shas' hands – do the best you can to vote."
Regarding Habayit Hayehudi Party, Yosef said: "What kind of a Jewish home is it? Their MKs declare they want public transportation on Shabbat and support civil marriages. The home is Shas." (Akiva Novick)