No.2 on the Shas party list Aryeh Deri said his party and the United Torah Judaism party "will be coordinated in the negotiations." He was referring to reports about a possible merger during the coalition negotiations.
Deri further stated that Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef emphasized that "on the yeshivot students issue we're 18 mandates, not 11. Tell that to Netanyahu." (Akiva Novick)