Haredi Party Head Dery Resigns From Israeli Parliament as Part of Plea Deal

The plea bargain in the tax evasion case will not require jail time and will enable Arye Dery, who is expected to stay on as Shas' chairman, to run for the Knesset again in the future

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Arye Dery submitting his resignation to Knesset Speaker Micket Levy on Sunday.
Arye Dery submitting his resignation to Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy on Sunday.Credit: Noam Moshkovitz

Shas chairman Arye Dery resigned Sunday from the Knesset as part of a plea bargain in the tax evasion case against him.

Dery, who is expected to plead guilty and pay a fine, has asked that moral turpitude not be attached to the charges, which would prevent him from running for the Knesset for seven years. Dery’s resignation will go into effect on Tuesday morning, but he is expected to remain chairman of Shas.

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Dery’s Knesset seat will be taken by Yossi Taieb, number 10 on the Shas Knesset roster.

According to the agreement reached between Dery and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Dery will not serve prison time, and therefore he cannot be prevented from running for election to the Knesset. 

Dery is suspected of tax evasion in selling property in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Shaul and in two other instances of selling property without reporting.

However, Mendelblit rejected a police recommendation in 2018 to try Dery for fraud and breach of faith, money laundering, obstruction of justice and lying under oath.

The investigation against Dery was launched six years ago, and Dery was given a hearing in February 2021. Negotiations between Dery's legal team and the Tel Aviv district attorney's office have since been underway to secure a plea bargain.

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