Israel: High Court nixes Shas head Deri from serving as minister

Source: Times of Israel [Palestine]

“The High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the appointment of Shas leader Aryeh Deri as interior and health minister was ‘unreasonable in the extreme’ due to his criminal convictions, most recently for tax fraud in 2022. The dramatic landmark ruling added fuel to simmering tensions between the government and the legal community over plans to overhaul the judicial system. It sparked immediate calls by the ruling coalition to redouble the push for legislation intended to shackle the court’s ability to rule on government or Knesset decisions, while the opposition hailed the decision and called for Deri to immediately vacate his cabinet posts.” (01/18/23)