Israeli judiciary: Attorney General: Netanyahu must dismiss ministers


Israeli justice
Prosecutor General: Netanyahu must dismiss ministers

The court ruling is considered a heavy blow for his new right-wing religious government: Benjamin Netanyahu.  Photo: Ronen Zvul

The court ruling is considered a heavy blow for his new right-wing religious government: Benjamin Netanyahu. photo

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Israel’s highest court considers the appointment of the leader of the strictly religious Shas party as interior and health minister inappropriate. How does Netanyahu react to the verdict?

After a ruling by the Supreme Court, Israel’s Attorney General has re-elected the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked to sack one of its most important ministers. Netanyahu must comply with the landmark ruling and remove Interior and Health Minister Arie Deri from his posts, Gali Baharav-Miara wrote in a letter, according to media reports.

On Wednesday, the highest court declared the appointment of the leader of the strictly religious Shas party as minister “inappropriate”. The judges justified their judgment with the repeated conviction of Deri. In addition, they stated that deri 2021 in a court case for tax evasion assured that he would withdraw from politics. Netanyahu has not yet officially responded to the verdict. It is considered a heavy blow for the new right-wing religious government.

Deri’s appointment was a crucial demand of the Schas party in the coalition negotiations with Netanyahu. Party members have already threatened to leave the government if Deri were to lose his post. The party holds 11 of the governing coalition’s 64 seats in parliament. The new coalition had specifically amended a law so that Deri could become a minister despite his conviction.

It is feared that the verdict will set the dispute in Israel to further fuel reforms of the justice system. The new justice minister, Jariv Levin, said he would “do whatever is necessary to right the wrongs against Deri.” A few weeks ago, he had already presented plans for the targeted weakening of the Supreme Court. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets against the plans.

dpa



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