Shas Spiritual Leader Promises Ashkenazi Haredim Cooperation on Election of Israel's Chief Rabbi

With two new chief rabbis to be chosen in August, Shas and Habayit Hayehudi are trying to strike a deal over the candidates.

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Tuesday threw a wrench into the government’s efforts to appoint a religious Zionist as the one of the next chief rabbis when he promised to cooperate on the issue with the Ashkenazi Haredi ‏(ultra-Orthodox‏) establishment.