Shas will Help Sink Early-Election Bill

Published June 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Shas will help scuttle the bill for the dissolution of the Knesset next week - a result of the political horse-trading with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak that ended the coalition crisis, reported Haaretz newspaper. 

This was agreed in talks between Shas and One Israel in the hours before the Shas ministers retracted their resignation letters.  

An amendment to the ‘second broadcasting authority law’ that will legalize Shas's pirate radio stations, will be submitted to the Knesset within three weeks and will become law by the end of the Knesset's summer sitting in about 40 days, said the paper.  

In exchange, Shas will agree to transfer the ‘Israel lands authority’ which is now part of the infrastructure ministry, held by Shas, to the new planning authority in the prime minister's office. 

The talks on the Shas educational network will be resumed next week and will be concluded within two weeks. 

Shas will get full reports on the negotiations in the peace process and Shas chairman Minister Eli Yishai will be able to join Barak in the forthcoming summit meeting and on other important visits, said the paper. 

Sources in Shas said a condition for their return to the government was that education minister, Yossi Sarid, would not be responsible for the educational network even if Meretz returns to government at a later stage.  

Shas chairman, Eli Yishai, said after a meeting with One Israel officials that the fact that Sarid is no longer in the Education Ministry is a very important development for the whole Jewish people, according to the daily – 



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