Knesset set to approve Deri's appointment as interior minister

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 10, 2016 21:54

 
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Shas leader Arye Deri will return to the Interior Ministry 23 years after he was forced to quit due to criminal charges that led to jail time Monday, pending the approval of the Knesset and the High Court of Justice.

The cabinet unanimously approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appointment of Deri. The Knesset is expected to split along coalition and opposition lines, though Yisrael Beytenu could surprise by supporting the appointment of Deri, who is friends with party chairman Avigdor Liberman.

Netanyahu congratulated Deri and said he had two main challenges in the job: preventing illegal migrants from entering the country and deporting those already here, and altering city and municipal boundaries to allow for a more equitable distribution of city taxes.

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