Heresy on the air
Kol Barama operates under the aegis of the Second Television and Radio Authority, but was founded by Shas and follows rules set by its spiritual guidance committee, including not putting women on the air more than twice a week.
But on Tuesday the radio station aired live heresy. It gave prominent coverage to an interview with Yitzhak, which is itself unusual in light of the fact that he has rebelled against Shas and founded his own rival party. Then the station let him keep going once he began putting down Shas' spiritual leader, along with Ovadia Yosef's son, Shas wheeler-dealers and the radio station itself.
The program then interviewed Rabbi Shimon Badani of Shas, who called for Yitzhak to be ostracized. But that too was part of the circus. Yosef, Yitzhak and their respective supporters all seemed like contenders in one big boxing ring, holding up their fists as they sought to consolidate their power.
Degel Hatorah at risk of split
The internal split would also probably be a source of friction between Degel Hatorah and its Hasidic partner in UTJ, Agudat Yisrael, since both factions would be affected by a drop in seats for the party as a whole.