Police called to rescue Yishai from Deri supporters

Police were called to the hotel yesterday where Eli Yishai announced his resignation from Shas and his intention to create a new party. Supporters of current Shas chairperson Aryeh Deri had stormed the hotel and clashed with Yishai supporters until the police were subsequently able to restore order.

Eli Yishai led Shas for 11 years after Deri, the previous leader, was sent to prison on corruption charges. Deri was returned to the helm last year but after the death of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef a power vacuum was created and clashes between the two camps were frequent, although this is the first time it has resulted in physical violence.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/659/145.html?hp=1&cat=404