Deri refuses to temporarily resign to allow gas deal to be authorized

Economy Minister Arye Deri flatly rejected calls for him to temporarily step down from his position so that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can take his portfolio and sign off on the government’s long-delayed gas deal.

Members of the Knesset Finance Committee asked Deri, who spoke to the panel Tuesday, about rumors that Netanyahu asked him to declare himself incapacitated for a short time.

“Do you know in what cases ministers are declared incapacitated?” Deri asked, referring to serious illnesses, and received the response “God forbid” from several MKs.


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