By Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision, Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara demanded on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remove coalition member Aryeh Deri of the Shas Party from his ministry.
Deri’s removal as vice prime minister, interior, and health minister was announced to the prime minister by Baharav-Miara.
She suggested that replacements be placed in the appropriate roles.
Deri’s nominations were deemed “very irrational” by the Supreme Court by a vote of 10 to 1 due to his conviction for tax fraud in February 2022.
Deri is still anticipated to play an essential role in the administration as the leader of a party with 11 Knesset seats and a crucial figure in the coalition.
The nomination of an alternate prime minister might be his best course of action. According to earlier court decisions, unlike other cabinet seats, Deri wouldn’t be prohibited from holding such a role because of his criminal record.
The only option to designate Deri as an acting prime minister would be for the cabinet to dissolve itself and elect a new one, according to the legal counsel to the Knesset.