Cabinet approves Deri as Interior Minister 23 years after scandal forced him from post

The cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved the appointment of Shas head Aryeh Deri as Interior Minister, 23 years after he was forced to resign that post because of corruption charges.

Deri was convicted of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, sentenced in 2000 to three years of prison, and served 22 months in jail.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Deri and said he had two main challenges in the job: preventing illegal migrants from entering the country and deporting those already here, and altering city and municipal boundaries to allow for a more equitable distribution of city taxes.


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