Shas chairman and Interior Minister Arye Deri said Monday his party would not remain in a government that recognizes the Reform Movement.
Deri’s comments are the latest in a series of threats to the coalition by haredi political parties following an agreement signed between the government and non-Orthodox movements to create a pluralist prayer space at the Western Wall.
“We won’t sit in a government that recognizes the Reform, not over the Western Wall, not for marriage and not for divorce,” Deri said in a Channel 2 interview Monday, using “Reform” as a catchall for non-Orthodox denominations.
Deri noted that he voted against the plan for the non-Orthodox prayer space in the cabinet vote, as did the two other haredi cabinet ministers, and said he would fight against implementing the agreement.
“It’s not acceptable that the government makes these kind of decisions,” he said.