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High Court orders government to explain why ministries remain unmanned

The High Court of Justice orders the government to explain by Sunday why a number of ministerial positions remain unfilled, as Israel remains without a justice minister amid feuding between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

“The situation in which there are no permanent ministers creates a governing vacuum and the question is if a situation like this can continue,” Chief Justice Esther Hayut says during a hearing on the issue.

Besides the Justice Ministry, among the other posts that remain without ministers are the Science and Technology Ministry, the Social Welfare Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry.

There has been no justice minister since early this month after Gantz’s maximal 3-month term as acting justice minister expired. Netanyahu can’t take the role since he is a criminal defendant, and has blocked attempts to approve another candidate.

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