Litzman likely to accept position of Minister of Health

August 24, 2015 20:37

Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman appears likely to take up a full ministerial role following the ruling of the High Court of Justice on Sunday which stipulated that the arrangement of having a deputy minister with the powers of a minister was not legal.

The Council of Torah Sages of the Agudat Yisrael party to which Litzman belongs is scheduled to convene on Wednesday and is expected to allow the senior haredi politician to take up the position of Minister of Health. Sources within United Torah Judaism stated on Monday that there was a high chance the Council will approve the adoption of a full ministerial position, despite the long standing stance of the haredi parties not to accept full ministerial roles, on the basis that ministers share full responsibility for the actions of the state which, they claim, often conflict with Jewish law.

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