Deri Apologizes for Claim That Likud-Beiteinu Is Party of 'Russians and Whites'

Remarks follow Yisrael Beiteinu ads promising to wrest the Housing and Interior Ministries from the hands of 'special interests'; Deri apologizes Friday for the remarks.

The tension between Shas and Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu took an ethnic cast on Thursday as Shas leader Aryeh Deri accused the rival party, "once the party of the people", as he put it, of having turned into "an arrogant and haughty party that represents Russians and whites."