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PM meets Aryeh Deri at home of Shas chief after High Court disqualification

Shas: the court undermined the will of 400,000 voters

Moments after the High Court of Justice disqualified its leader from holding ministerial office, the Shas party released a statement accusing the court of making a ‘political’ decision that undermined the will of Shas’ 400,000 voters .

“Today, the court effectively ruled that the election made no sense. The court’s decision is political and tainted with extreme unreasonableness,” the statement read.

A repeat financial offender, Shas leader Aryeh Deri was recently convicted of tax offenses last January and left the Knesset in a plea deal in which he vowed to retire from politics. . Instead, he returned to the Knesset at the top of Shas’ 11 seats in November, and in December the coalition accelerated legislation to work its way up to occupy the posts of the Ministry of Interior and Security. Health.

“The entire Shas movement is appalled by the arbitrary and unprecedented decision of the High Court of Justice, in violation of law and justice, and sees it as a serious violation of the right to vote and to be elected, which is the cornerstone of democracy. “, continues the press release from Shas. The party also pledges to weigh its next steps, promising to consult with its leading rabbis on how to handle the court’s decision.

Earlier this month, Justice Minister Yariv Levin proposed legislation to overturn the reasonableness test under which the court overturned Deri’s appointments, and the decision will likely pressure the coalition to speed that up, or some other solution, to restore Deri’s status as minister.

The decision also comes amid a broader Shas-backed fight for judicial reform, the culmination of decades of bemoaning the Mizrahi Haredi party by a court that does not reflect its way of life.

“Large sections of Israeli society today feel excluded by the court,” read the Shas statement.

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