On video: Netanyahu and government officials arrived at a support meeting in Derai (Roni Kanfo)
35 members of the Knesset from the coalition signed today (Monday) the bill designed to restore Shas chairman Aryeh Deri to his position as a minister in the government, despite his disqualification by the High Court. In the next day, several more members of the Knesset are expected to sign, as so far most of the MKs of the Shas have signed S, Torah Judaism, Likud, Otzma Yehudit and religious Zionism.
The bill, which was revealed today for the first time in Walla!, is an amendment to the Basic Law: The Government, according to which the court, including the High Court, will not have any judicial review of the appointments of government ministers.
The coalition believes that the High Court will refrain from disqualifying a basic law, but it is doubtful that this will be the case.
The entire coalition will mobilize in his favor.
Deri (Photo: Flash 90, Tomer Neuberg)
The coalition is expected to promote the bill in the coming days, even though some of the faction leaders believe that this is an unnecessary step whose end is known - Deri's re-disqualification.
A senior member of the coalition today spoke out against her promotion and said that it was a "shame", as he put it.
According to him, "It will end in another disqualification at the High Court, so why?". Despite the statement, he refused to state that he would oppose the promotion of the proposal and said that he would support it in accordance with the decision of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the other coalition partners. The
proposal states that "there will be no judicial review on behalf of any A judicial tribunal regarding any matter related to or arising from the appointment of a minister and his removal from office, with the exception that the appointment meets the eligibility conditions set forth in section 6(a) to (c) only." Even the decision to remove them from office, are actions and decisions that are at the core of democratic activity, and therefore the basic law of the government must be amended,
Behind the scenes, Deputy Minister Moshe Arbel of Shas, former Minister Ariel Atias and attorney Ilan Bombach drafted the bill.
The three consulted with other legal authorities in order to find a wording that would allow Deri's return to his position as kosher.