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Yisrael Beytenu MK cheers apparent exit of Litzman, Deri from political life

Alex Kushnir, head of the Knesset Finance Committee, leads a meeting in the Knesset on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Alex Kushnir, head of the Knesset Finance Committee, leads a meeting in the Knesset on June 23, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu MK Alex Kushnir welcomes the resignation of Shas leader Arye Deri and the announcement by United Torah Judaism MK Yaakov Litzman that he will not run again for Knesset.

“I hope that the departures of Deri and Litzman signify an end to the age of Haredi wheeling and dealing, and after them will come a new generation of Haredi politicians,” tweets Kushnir, the chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee who has regularly sparred with ultra-Orthodox lawmakers.

“A generation that cares about the public it is supposed to represent. A generation that cares about the interests of the public more than their own personal interests,” he adds.

Litzman announced earlier today that he does not intend to run for Knesset again, but claimed the decision was unrelated to pending criminal charges against him.

Deri was indicted earlier today on tax offenses as part of a plea deal that will see him resign from the Knesset and avoid being charged with moral turpitude to potentially clear the way for him to return to the government in the future.

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