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January 6, 2023
Knesset passes ‘Smotrich-Deri’ amendment
(JNS) — Israel’s Knesset on Tuesday morning passed an amendment allowing Shas Party head Aryeh Deri to serve as a minister and Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich to become a second minister in the Defense Ministry.
The amendment to Basic Law: The Government, which passed by a 63-vote majority following an all-night filibuster, merged two bills.
The first limits a law prohibiting elected officials convicted of a criminal offense from serving as a minister to apply only to those serving active jail sentences. Deri, convicted of tax offen...