Deri reportedly says he will refuse to resign even if High Court rules against him

New Interior Minister Aryeh Deri attends a handover ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Jerusalem, on January 1, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
New Interior Minister Aryeh Deri attends a handover ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Jerusalem, on January 1, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri has reportedly said that he will not step down as health and interior minister even if the High Court rules that he is ineligible for office.

According to an unsourced Channel 13 TV report, Deri told a meeting of his Shas faction earlier today that he will not resign even if the court rules against him. A ruling in the case is expected this week.

Several Shas politicians have stated publicly in recent days that they are fully expecting the High Court to rule that Deri cannot hold office, in a possible attempt to try and get ahead of any such ruling.

If Deri refuses to resign, it will likely fall to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire him. A situation where he does not do so would be unprecedented.

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