The Sunday Review
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Discontinued key ally Aryeh Deri must be removed from every ministerial post on Sunday in compliance with an Israeli High Court Finding that it was not reasonable to appoint Shas Party leader to leadership positions in the government
The court had said Deri’s appointment “cannot stand” Due to his previous criminal convictions, and because he stated in court last year that he intended to retire from public service after being sentenced on a tax fraud conviction.
Netanyahu Deri was told that he had made the move “with a heavy heart, with great sorrow,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.
Deri’s dismissal came the day after More than 100,000 protestors marched against the government in Tel Aviv’s central area Netanyahu’s government and its planned judicial reforms, according to police estimates in Israeli media. According to police, thousands of people demonstrated in Jerusalem and other Israeli areas.
It is now the third week in which opponents to Netanyahu’s government took to the streets in protest, but the largest turnout so far.
Netanyahu’s justice minister Yariv Levin announced a series of judicial reforms earlier this month that would allow parliament to overturn high court decisions and give politicians more power in appointing judges. The high court made its decision on Wednesday Netanyahu Deri must be fired, as he was previously convicted for criminal and tax charges. Deri was sentenced to a suspended sentence, and he said that he will leave the public service.
Deri’s Shas party – which won 11 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, in November and is a key A component Netanyahu’s coalition – immediately hit back, calling the court decision “arbitrary and unprecedented.”
Sephardi religion party claimed the court “today threw away the voices and votes of 400,000 voters of the Shas movement.”
“Today the court actually ruled that the elections are meaningless. The court’s decision is political and tainted,” The party stated.
It High Court Had been asked to decide if it was legal to appoint Deri for posts in Netanyahu’s cabinet despite his tax fraud conviction. He was appointed by Judges “cannot stand.”
“This is, among other things, due to his backlog of criminal convictions,” He also failed to take the time out of public life that he promised to do after he was sentenced for tax fraud.
Opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Yair Lapid and former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, attended Saturday’s protest in Tel Aviv.
“What you see here today is a demonstration in favor of the state. People who love the country came to defend its democracy, its courts, the idea of a common life and a common good,” Lapid tweets “There are Israel lovers here who came to demonstrate for a democratic Jewish state according to the values of the Declaration of Independence. We will not give up until we win.”