Analysis Shas in Shambles? A Diminished Shas Torch Is Passed to Deri

Neither the political party nor its spiritual leader are what they once were, making the challenges faced by Aryeh Deri, the newly anointed sole party chairman, that much harder.

The phrase “Deri is back” has become something of a political joke. But on Thursday, after 13 years in the political wilderness – which included time in jail and then an uncomfortable stint in recent months as part of the Shas party’s leadership troika – it became clear that Aryeh Deri’s comeback is no joke. He is now firmly and solely in control of the Knesset’s fifth-largest...