The importance of the haredim is a thing of the past. They are becoming more and more irrelevant and are receding into the rearview mirror of Israeli society. Ovadia Yosef's pathetic attempt to reinvigorate his party by pushing a convicted felon to the front of the queue is a perfect example.
Kerry: Pollard's parole not related to Iran deal (Reuters)
from the article: In blow to rivals, Ovadia Yosef names Aryeh Deri sole chairman of Shas