Former Shas Leader Announces Intent to Return to Politics

Speaking at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, Aryeh Deri, former leader of ultra-Orthodox Shas party, said he plans to run in the next Knesset elections.

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Former Shas leader Aryeh Deri' announced on Wednesday his intention to run in the next Knesset elections.

Speaking at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, Deri said he was not sure in what framework he would run.

Aryeh Deri.Credit: Tess Scheflan

"In Israel, it is not possible to contribute without political power, so I decided to create a new movement," Deri said without elaborating what kind of movement he intended to create.

Deri said that he decided to return to political life after a long period of deliberation, "because I feel that I can contribute and give hope to the citizens of the state of Israel."

One of his goals would be to "unite the public," Deri said, "so that if we go into a peace process, we are united."

Former leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Deri was ordered by Israel's Supreme Court to resign from the cabinet in 1993 over corruption charges. He was sentenced in 1999 to three years in prison.

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