(photo credit: Reuters)
Regardless of attempts by some Knesset members to introduce legislation which
will permanently bar former Shas leader Aryeh Deri from returning to public life
and running for the Knesset in the next elections, President Shimon Peres
believes that Deri, a convicted felon, has paid his debt to society and should
therefore be allowed to serve the public in the Knesset once more.
Shabbat with Aryeh Deri
Rightists want Aryeh Deri to run with them
president, who recently sat at the same table as Deri at the wedding of the
granddaughter of Shas spiritual mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, was responding on
Wednesday to a question from a haredi student at the Haredi Campus in Or Yehuda,
where he addressed several hundred students and fielded their questions. The
Haredi Campus is the religious branch of Kiryat Ono College.
In reply to
another question regarding the apprehension and questioning by police of leading
rabbis suspected of incitement, Peres said that no rabbi was above the law and
that every rabbi, no matter what his status, was expected to abide by the rule
of law and promote it among his followers.