United Torah Judaism leader Ya’acov Litzman said Thursday that he did not care one way or another whether he will be forced by the High Court of Justice to accept a promotion to health minister from his current role as the deputy minister who runs the ministry under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Court is expected to rule next week on a petition by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid to end the practice of deputy ministers running ministries under the prime minister. The practice began in the 1950s when haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties decided that they did not want to hold collective responsibility for government decisions that go against Jewish law.
Speaking at a forum of the haredi newspaper Hamodia at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, Litzman said he would take whatever the Court decides to his rabbis for a ruling. He did not express opposition to the possibility of him becoming a minister.