Aryeh Deri Faces Test of Leadership as Shas Loses Status, but Not Seats

The ultra-Orthodox party didn't suffer a Likud-esque meltdown, but its place in the new coalition is far from certain.

The sounds emerging Tuesday night from Shas’ headquarters in Jerusalem were mostly sighs of relief rather than shouts of joy. Although the election results being beamed into the events hall showed some sense of achievement for the party – 11 seats, the same as in 2009 - that achievement’s significance remains unclear.