The haredi public continues to mourn the fact that their political parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, will apparently be left out of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition.
In the latest fallout from this emerging reality, Maariv reported that outgoing Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias (Shas) is considering leaving politics. Atias is part of Shas' political leadership triumvirate, along with former Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Aryeh Deri.
According to the Maariv report, Atias could enter the business world. A Shas source was quoted as saying that Atias wasn't cut out for the tireless work involved in being an opposition MK.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Deri attacked Netanyahu.
"You cannot wash your hands of this,” Deri wrote to Netanyahu. “I have no doubt that history will harshly judge the person who participated in this situation. True, there are plenty of excuses … but these excuses won't survive the stringent test of history. The sole blame lies and will lie with you.
“The result is that 2,000,000 people," Deri continued. "All of whom are citizens of the second Israel, the Israel of the disadvantaged sectors ... all will remain without representation in the incoming government. They will all see how you, their prime minister, boycotted them."
According to sources familiar with Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Ashkenazi leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the two rabbis are deeply grieving over the situation.
Itzik Sudri, a close associate of Yosef, said "the rabbi is in great sorrow. The matter is causing him to lose sleep. He's worried and anxious about the fate of the Torah world."
Yaakov Rosenstein, who is close to Shteinman, said Shteinman has also lost sleep over the situation.
Despite media reports that haredi ministers boycotted Sunday's cabinet meeting, Yishai showed up (a little late due to a prior meeting), as did Meshulam Nahari, a minister without a portfolio. Other haredi ministers did not attend.
Meanwhile, ads were posted in major haredi areas of Jerusalem on Sunday that mainly criticized Habayit Hayehudi, the religious Zionist movement.
Shas MK Nissim Zeev, a colleague of Deri's, told Israel Hayom that, "in recent weeks, there have been rumors that Deri will run for mayor of Jerusalem. At first, I thought this was a gimmick or something, but I checked with the people who are closest to him and it turns out it is true."