Shas Closer to Leaving Gov't.

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Sunday evening, Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai, chairman of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, will brief the party's Council of Torah Sages on his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is hoping that the party will remain in his coalition government.

The meeting will take place at the Jerusalem home of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Yishai will also report on Sunday's meeting between Israel's prime minister and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who are expected to discuss the latest events taking place at the breached Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Sinai.

According to Yishai, Shas will leave the government "immediately" should talks between Olmert and Abbas progress to the division of Jerusalem.

Yishai also spoke of his party's "red lines." Though he didn't elaborate on what the red lines were, they are likely to include talk of final borders and the "right of return" for so-called Palestinian refugees.

With the Winograd Commission's final report due Wednesday, evaluating the government's handling of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Sunday night's meeting will likely include the party's position in the event of early elections.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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