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Deri: Judicial system will come up against ‘coalition with foundations of steel’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Aryeh Deri speaks during a Shas party faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on January 23, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Aryeh Deri speaks during a Shas party faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on January 23, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Shas leader Aryeh Deri attacks the judiciary after his appointment as a minister was ruled “unreasonable in the extreme,” by the High Court of Justice, saying the judicial system would find itself poised against a “coalition with foundations of steel.”

Deri vowed the government would not be deterred.

“The coalition continues, the government continues,” he says.”We won’t let Israel fall.”

Deri slams the judges for not giving an indication of their opposition to his appointments before they were made, even though they were “in the air for a full month.”

Deri says that his legal woes are not his fight alone and that he remains in politics because he wants to promote “governance” and “to respect the definitive Jewish identity of Israel.”

“I am here because I have a real obligation,” he says.

All the coalition heads turn out at the Shas faction meeting at the Knesset as a sign of solidarity with Deri.

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