A new “Deri” law, which would allow former Interior and Health Minister Aryeh Deri to resume his ministerial status, will be introduced in the Knesset in the coming days.
The coalition’s whip, Offir Katz of the Likud Party, tabled the bill, which was drafted by Shas MK Moshe Arbel and signed by all coalition members. According to the bill, the court will not be able to use its judicial veto power to prevent certain ministers from being appointed to the cabinet or to remove them from office.
The law is anticipated to move through the legislative process in the coming days, first receiving committee approval before being brought up for first reading in the Knesset plenum.
The Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara is expected to find the new law illegal and would suggest that the Knesset not accept it, according to the legal correspondent of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper, familiar with key officials of the Justice Ministry.
If the legislation is approved, Baharav-Miara may declare that she will not defend it in the Supreme Court if appeals are filed.
As a result of his continuing prosecution, Baharav-Miara informed Prime Minister Netanyahu last week that he is not permitted to play any part in the judicial changes.
In response, Netanyahu said that he found Baharav-viewpoint Miara’s “unacceptable” and would address it in-depth within two weeks.
The government has not yet taken action to remove her from her job despite her continuous resistance to coalition actions and multiple requests from coalition members to fire the Attorney-General (a position filled by former justice minister Gidon Saar).