You'd think he'd be better at it with so much experience, but he isn't. This incoming government has brought him to an all time low. Left, Right and Center, I doubt if anyone other than fanatic Deri-Shasniks could be pleased or neutral about having Arie Deri in charge of the Treasury.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a coalition agreement with Shas on Monday night, giving the ultra-Orthodox party control of the economy and religious affairs ministries and moving one step closer to building a government. (Times of Israel)How could anyone forget or ignore the fact that Deri served time for corruption?
After Deri was convicted of taking $155,000 in bribes while serving as Interior Minister and given a three-year jail sentence in 2000, he was replaced by Eli Yishai. Due to good behavior, Deri was released from Maasiyahu Prison in 2002 after serving 22 months.Despite the corruption scandal and legal troubles, he remains very popular with the religiously traditional and Mizrahi Haredi public. (Wikipedia)Having the cat guard the cream is not a good idea and certainly doesn't teach the Israeli public that "crime doesn't pay."
There isn't all that much in ministries left over for Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party and even less for Bibi's own Likud. But that is what frequently happens when the Likud forms a government. All the important positions are given out to
And about Avigdor Lieberman's ripping up his agreement with Bibi? I'm not surprised. Lieberman has officially opened the next Knesset Elections campaign.
Yisrael BeytenuNetanyahu will keep trying to sweeten the deals with his "partners" to postpone the next round of elections. Avigdor Liberman predicted on Monday night that Binyamin Netanyahu’s new coalition will be short-lived.
Speaking to Channel 2 News’ late night edition, hours after he dropped a bombshell and announced he would not join the coalition, Liberman predicted that there would be new elections in Israel by 2016, if not later this year. (Arutz 7)