Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a very brief statement in response to the High Court of Justice's ruling Sunday that he must appoint a full-fledged health minister within 60 days, as opposed to the current arrangement in which he himself holds the title of minister while UTJ's Y'aakov Litzman served as deputy health minister.
"We will respect the High Court's decision," the statement from the Prime Minister's Office read.
The now declared unconstitutional arrangement has occurred before and is generally understood as empowering ultra-Orthodox UTJ MKs to serve as ministers while not having the official title, so as to satisfy religious objections they have to being formally part of a secular, Zionist government.
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