Deri threatens to quit government if Shabbat minimarket law doesn’t pass

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri says he will resign from the government if the so-called minimarkets bill is not passed into law.

The legislation would grant Deri, who is ultra-Orthodox, the authority to bypass municipal bylaws, to force store owners to close their businesses on the Jewish Sabbath.

Members of the Yisrael Beiteinu say they will vote against the law.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri in the Knesset, November 1, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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