A Jerusalem beis din heard a case filed by bereaved mothers against Shas’ Aryeh Deri, for his role in the government passing the Oslo Agreement in 1993. In his response to the beis din, Deri directed the attention of the dayanim to Shas’ Moetzas Chachmei HaTorah, explaining they alone are responsible for such decision.
Because Deri failed to appear, the court gave him an additional two weeks to set another date. In addition, the beis din issued an interim order that Deri should not be appointed to a cabinet position until such time the matter may be properly investigated, with the beis din explaining they need to hear the details from the two bereaved mothers who summoned him to the beis din as well as having Deri tell his side of the story.
Deri did not appear before the beis din, but had his secretary respond in writing, challenging the court’s right to hear a case against him in this matter since he was appointed by the Shas Torah Council.
It appears the women actually tried to summon Deri to the Shas council and after they were unsuccessful they turned to the Jerusalem beis din.
The case was filed by Mrs. Geula Hershkowitz of Yishuv Ofra who lost both her husband Aryeh HY”D and son Assaf HY”D in a shooting attack and by Tzafrira Adurian who lost her husband Eli HY”D in a terror attack in Machane Yehuda.
Hearing their case are dayanim Rav Avraham Dov Levin, Rav Gedalyahu Axelrod and Rav Yitzchak Chakak.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)