The statement was made against the backdrop of the coalition negotiations. Habayit Hayehudi is attempting to bridge platform gaps vis-à-vis Yesh Atid, and should both be able to join the new government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not need Shas in order for form a solid coalition.
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"Anyone looking for the reasons why Israeli society is so divided needs look no further than Shas," a party source told Ynet.
"It's high time Shas understands that they don’t have a monopoly on the Torah. We're just as committed to the Halacha as they are and we can protect the religious sector just as well.
"If they can claim a monopoly on anything, it is on alienating the secular public and making it turn away from the Torah. From the haredi draft to daylight savings time – Shas never missed a chance to shy away from demonstrating progressive Judaism."
Another Habayit Hayehudi source said that "The local rabbinates have been bulldozed by the haredi establishment and have turned into a stipend machine."
Shas was pessimistic about its chances to join the coalition, saying that Yesh Atid "has a black-or-white attitude."
Shas refused to officially comment on Habayit Hayehudi's remarks, but a senior party source said that "These are excuses by a party desperate for a kosher stamp.
"That's a shame, but we're still willing to try and find common ground. It's a shame that they are willing to destroy everything that was built here for the sake of power."
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