Netanyahu dismisses Interior and Health Minister Deri after verdict

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed one of his most important ministers following a Supreme Court ruling. Netanyahu announced the dismissal of Arie Deri during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to media reports. Deri is chairperson of the strictly religious Shas party. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had ruled Deri’s appointment as interior and health minister “inappropriate” after civil rights activists filed a complaint because of Deri’s criminal past. The judges based their ruling on his several past convictions, with the most recent for tax ev…

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