Shas has vowed to avenge its new status as a member of the opposition and have already taken concrete steps to do so. Israel Hayom learned that the party plans to appoint one of its members to scrutinize every detail of all the emerging coalition's actions. A special emphasis has been put on Habayit Hayehudi's political activity, including fund transfers and budgets between the ministries.
The ultra-Orthodox Sephardi party already has someone who will designate the position to a staff member from Religious Services Minister Yakov Margi's office. Shas is also considering adding a private attorney who is well versed in inner workings of handling the budget.
"Every shekel they transfer to the settlements will be scrutinized, every appointment will be checked. If they think they can hurt the haredi world they are wrong. We will use every tool at our disposal," a Shas member said.
Meanwhile, ultra-Orthodox parties continued to lash out on Thursday at the government expected to be announced soon. MK Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) announced that he does not intend to join the coalition.
"The only ones who can tell me to enter are members of the Council of the Torah Sages ... I won't be second fiddle," he said.
Shas leader Aryeh Deri claimed that the alliance between Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett and Yeshi Atid Chairman Yair Lapid "was forged during the middle of the elections." Speaking to Kol Berama, Deri claimed that Shas and United Torah Judaism had offered that Bennett join them. Deri said that when he met with Bennett, he told him, "You are committed to an alliance with Lapid, so let's not waste our time." Bennett replied, "No, [I'm only committed] 60%," to which Deri then offered to form a bloc and give Bennett the Finance Ministry.
Haredi outlets on Thursday morning derided the emerging government. The daily Yated Ne'eman called it a malicious government, and reported that the agreements being made now were "a serious blow to Torah students and all that is holy to the Jewish people."