Deri says he’ll quit government if synagogues closed while protests permitted

Shas party leader Aryeh Deri threatens to quit the government if a decision is made to shutter synagogues on the upcoming Yom Kippur holiday, while allowing demonstrations to continue.

“We are a Jewish and democratic government, but for me the Jewish part comes first,” says Deri, who is interior minister and a member of the high-level coronavirus cabinet. “A government that will say yes to demonstrations and no to prayer on Yom Kippur is, from my perspective, not a Jewish government and I won’t be able to stay in such a government.”