Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed on Sunday Interior and Health Minister Aryeh Deri, a key political ally, following a ruling by the country’s top court against the appointment.
“It is with a heavy heart, with great sorrow and with an extremely difficult feeling that I am forced to transfer you from your position as a minister in the government,” Netanyahu reportedly told Deri during a Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
The prime minister promised to look for legal routes to allow Deri to “contribute to the state of Israel,” adding that the Supreme Court ruling “ignores the will of the people.”
Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Deri could not serve as Cabinet minister because he was convicted of tax offenses last year.
Deri chairs Israel’s Shas party, a…