UTJ head says party will back legislation to overturn court’s ruling on Deri

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Housing and Construction Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf at his handover ceremony from outgoing minister Ze'ev Elkin, at the Housing Ministry in Jerusalem, January 1, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Housing and Construction Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf at his handover ceremony from outgoing minister Ze'ev Elkin, at the Housing Ministry in Jerusalem, January 1, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

United Torah Judaism head Yitzhak Goldknopf says the High Court of Justice’s disqualification of fellow ultra-Orthodox leader Aryeh Deri “is another tangible example of what created the crisis of trust between Israeli citizens and the judicial system.”

Pledging his UTJ party will “support all legislative procedures required” to return Deri to power, Goldknopf says that “hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens clearly expressed their trust in Rabbi Deri” by voting for Shas in the recent elections “and their desire to see him serve as a minister in the government.”

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