Netanyahu To Fire Deri In Accordance With Court Ruling, No Replacements Expected Until New Legislation Passes

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to implement the directive of the Supreme Court and fire Shas leader Aryeh Deri from his government during Sunday’s cabinet meeting. The firing will go into effect on Tuesday.

Currently Netanyahu does not intend to appoint replacement ministers since he intends to restore Deri’s position after legislation is initiated to enable such a move.

Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara wrote to Netanyahu Thursday, stating that he must follow the High Court order and remove Deri from office.

A number of possible solutions have been raised to the coalition crisis, including appointing Deri as alternate prime minister. Netanyahu is wary of such an option as this requires a rotation agreement to be signed between Netanyahu and Deri. It also means that if Netanyahu is incapable of governing for legal or medical reasons, Deri will become prime minister.

Legal and political experts say that it is possible the Attorney-General will ask Netanyahu to step down for a period from prime minister during the judicial reform legislation which impacts Netanyahu’s own legal case and leaves him in a conflict of interest.

Sunday’s cabinet meeting will be boycotted by Religious Zionism ministers Betzalel Smotrich, Orit Struck and Ofir Sofer, who are protesting the dismantling of the Or Hachayim outpost Friday, despite Smotrich being promised in coalition agreements that he would be in charge of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria.

 


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