Shas MK Azoulai takes office as Religious Services Minister

The new minister of religious services Shas MK David Azoulai formally took office on Monday in a ceremony at the ministry in Jerusalem at which outgoing Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan of Bayit Yehudi and Shas chairman and Minister of the Economy MK Arye Deri were also present.

Both Shas and Bayit Yehudi sought control of the ministry during the recent coalition negotiations and the latter objected vehemently to the decision by Likud and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give the office to Shas.

The ministry is seen by both religious parties as a key arena of for the distribution of patronage through various jobs and plum positions for rabbis and party functionaries.


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