Deri: Coalition parties approve adding minister for Litzman

All the parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition have agreed to expand the cabinet by one seat for United Torah Judaism’s Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, rather than take a ministerial position away from the Likud, Shas leader Arye Deri told reporters Wednesday.

Last week, the High Court determined that there cannot be any "deputy ministers with the status of a minister," which is how Litzman was described.

UTJ traditionally did not allow any of its MKs to be officials in order not to take responsibility for the government desecrating the Sabbath. Its Council of Torah Sages is expected to make a decision as to whether or not Litzman can be a minister Thursday.


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