Shas party leader Arieh Deri is pushing for the appointment of deputy prime minister in ongoing talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but days later the ultra-orthodox leader confirmed his repeated guilt. He was disqualified as a minister by the High Court over the ruling.
According to a Channel 12 report on Thursday, Deli and Netanyahu are having talks and pondering their next move. The new government just took office last month. Netatanhu and Delhi want to make a plan before Delhi officially resigns or is fired, as Attorney General Gary Bahalaf Miala demanded on Thursday, the report said. Differences of opinion remain between the two as to the best way forward.
Public broadcaster Kang reported that Netanyahu will sack Deli over the weekend and will have to announce his replacement.
A Channel 12 report says Delhi has called for the appointment of an acting prime minister and insisted on continued participation in the security cabinet, but Netanyahu has suggested a number of other avenues, including the role of Knesset chairman. But Delhi is said to have refused. Television reports said the prime minister had also proposed passing a bill limiting the High Court’s right to intervene in ministerial appointments. A high-ranking deli.
Making Deli acting prime minister would also be a bonanza, and doing so would be complicated and risky as Deli could be disqualified from serving as a member of the Knesset.
Appointing Deli as Acting Prime Minister would require the government to pass a no-confidence motion and form a new government that would share power. However, the High Court has never decided whether a convicted criminal can be appointed to the role, so the question is likely to come before a judge.
Court to condition appointment on Central Election Commission ruling on whether Delhi’s tax violation conviction last year, which gave a suspended sentence in a plea bargain, involved “moral misconduct” I can. Such a designation would mean he would be ineligible for public office for his seven years.
While unlikely, in such a scenario Deli would automatically cease being an MP and would be further downgraded.
The deputy prime minister role was created in 2020 by Netanyahu and Benny Gantz for the short-lived power-sharing government, and was also utilized in subsequent governments led by Naftali Bennett and Yair Rapid, who replaced him last month. Netanyahu and his new hardline government have vowed to abolish the legal option of having a replacement prime minister, arguing that he should be the only leader of the country.
Deli is a key coalition partner in Netanyahu’s hardline government and a longtime confidante to the prime minister.
If all else fails, Netanyahu could serve as an “observer” to the Security Cabinet, a panel of ministers charged with making decisions on Israel’s military posture, according to Hebrew reports. is said to be under consideration. , diplomatic relations and other matters of great importance to the nation.
Netanyahu could also consider convening a small internal security cabinet, the so-called “kitchen cabinet,” in which Deli will participate, Channel 12 reported. The Cabinet is responsible for initiating wars and large-scale military operations, pursuing ceasefires and other diplomatic initiatives, and dealing with classified information issues. Prior to its creation in 2001, the Prime Minister convened makeshift war cabinets during national emergencies, including Gorda his Meir’s famous kitchen his cabinets during the Fourth Middle East War in 1973. Did.
On Wednesday, the High Court ruled 10 to 1 that Deli’s dual duties as health minister and home secretary were “extremely unreasonable” in light of his recent and past financial crimes, ruling that Deli was He ruled that he had misled the magistrates’ court into thinking he was retiring. to avoid a decision that his recent tax evasion conviction resulted in “moral immorality”.
Deli was also convicted and imprisoned for taking bribes while serving as Home Secretary in the 1990s.
Chass and coalition partners had anticipated the verdict, but members of the government say they were unprepared for its gravity, with judges relying purely on a test of “reasonableness” to dismiss Deli as a cabinet minister. We expect to disqualify you from your position. This allows the court to rule that certain actions or decisions are invalid because they are extremely unreasonable.
However, in addition to the test of “reasonableness”, the court ruled that, because of the legal doctrine of estoppel, Deli resigned from the Knesset and ostensibly from politics as part of a plea deal. It also showed that it cannot be withdrawn. It is prohibited for parties to litigation to vary their claims in different proceedings.
The use of estoppel arguments can prevent the decision from being overturned by the government if it advances a law that overrides considerations of “rationality” and attempts to keep Deri in the cabinet.