Aryeh Deri and Benjamin Netanyahu
Aryeh Deri and Benjamin Netanyahuצילום: יונתן זינדל, פלאש 90

The Shas party is pushing a new bill aimed at bringing its chairman, former Interior Minister and Health Minister MK Aryeh Deri, back into the government.

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Deri, after the Supreme Court ruled a week earlier that Deri’s appointment did not meet the “reasonableness standard,” and thus was not valid.

The move left the Shas party fuming, amid calls within the coalition for immediate steps to curtail the Supreme Court’s ability to intervene against government decisions.

MK Moshe Arbel (Shas) on Monday submitted legislation aimed at enabling the government to appoint Deri back to his former positions, and prevent the Supreme Court from nullifying the appointment.

According to the draft, the Supreme Court will no longer have the right to intervene in the appointments of ministers "and there will be no judicial review on behalf of any court regarding any matter related to or stemming from the appointment of a minister or his removal from office, barring the criteria for suitability as set down in Clause 6 (a-c)."

The court’s ruling earlier this month, Arbel wrote, “created uncertainty in whether the will of voters is being upheld, and at times has caused the will of the voters to be subverted to the opinion of the court.”