Shas chief Deri urges Netanyahu, Gantz to quickly reach deal to avert elections

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri calls on Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz to swiftly reach an agreement to avert new elections, ahead of Tuesday night’s deadline to pass a budget or have the Knesset dissolve.

“Under absolutely no circumstances should elections be held at this time. We’re dealing with the coronavirus, morbidity is rising, further restrictions are on the way and there’s an urgent need to continue to look after the economy,” Deri tweets.

Deri heads the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, which is part of Netanyahu’s bloc of right-wing and religious factions.