Chabad has agreed to join the Shas campaign for the new Knesset. Ha'aretz reports:
Members of the Chabad Hasidic movement will assist Shas in the upcoming elections campaign, the ultra-Orthodox party said Thursday.
Shas spokesman Roi Lachmanovitch said that the agreement between Shas and Chabad was reached through MK Amnon Cohen, who is close to billionaire and Chabad member Lev Leviev.
Lachmanovitch said Chabad members will help with field work at the Shas election headquarters, and will not be involved in a national campaign as it was in 1996, when it used the pro-Netanyahu slogan, "Bibi is good for the Jews."
Leviev's influence in Chabad is mainly limited to those who have a moderate diplomatic worldview. However, other streams of Chabad, spearheaded by the youth, oppose Shas because its spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had ruled that Israel may give back land in return for peace.
Chabad officials said Thursday that they believe most Chabad followers will vote for Yisrael Beitenu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman.
I wonder if Leviev's escapade with Shas supporter and Sefardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar had anything to do with this unlikely deal being reached.