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A bill barring Israel’s Supreme Court from conducting judicial review of ministerial appointments passed its first reading in the Knesset plenum on [21 March]. The proposed legislation would allow for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restore Shas Party leader Aryeh Deri to his previous roles in the new government leading the interior and health ministries. Netanyahu was forced to fire Deri on Jan. 22 after the court ruled that Deri’s appointment was “unreasonable in the extreme” due to a prior tax fraud conviction. Amendment 16 to Basic Law: The Government prohibits all courts, including the Supreme Court, from ruling on the legality of government ministerial appointments. It was passed by a vote of 63 for and 55 against. More Knesset oversight of ministerial appointments is provided for in the amendment, including the ability to remove a minister from office.
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