Deri threatened to topple govt over rabbinical judge appointments

Shas chairman and Economy Minister Aryeh Deri threatened to bring down the government if the three leading liberal candidates for election to the rabbinical courts were appointed as rabbinical judges, last Wednesday.

Several well placed sources including a senior political source confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that on the night before the vote Deri exerted heavy pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, saying that he was ready to topple the coalition if these three candidates were elected.

Another source close to the committee said that Steinitz, the committee chairman, had been “in the pocket of the haredim.”


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