Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Shas head Aryeh Deri has announced that he will leave his position as Economy Minister due to his refusal to sign the gas plan and to go around the Antitrust commissioner's authority.

"It is difficult for me to leave the Economics Ministry. We are the the middle of carrying out reforms," Deri told an interviewer from Channel 2. He added that he will remain the Minister for the Negev and Galilee.

"I don't agree with the gas plan and I will not sign it," he added. "I won't bypass the anti-trust commissioner. I am ready to pay the price for this principle. They will find a minister who is no less qualified than I am."

Opposition MK Haim Yellin (Yesh Atid) responded to Deri's decision with the comment, "Deri is running away from the gas by submitting to threats and pressures. He is abandoning his transparency and giving rewards to the wealthy."

MK Yellin continued, "Deri has been proven to be a coward and not a leader who was chosen and expected to make decisions."

"Two years in prison has not taught him to consider the good of the public," he added, referring to Deri's notorious stint in prison for taking bribes between 2000-2002.

"Instead he only looks for his political interests and personal benefits," Yellin said of Deri. "This is the first time a minister in the Israeli government has begged the public to vote for him and protect his seat like he's on a reality show."