Shas MK set to quit to­day

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By GIL HOFF­MAN and JEREMY SHARON

Un­less last-minute at­tempts to per­suade him to re­con­sider bear fruit, em­bat­tled Shas MK Yi­gal Gueta is set to sub­mit his res­ig­na­tion to Knes­set Speaker Yuli Edel­stein Sun­day morn­ing.

Gueta sent a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to Shas chair­man Arye Deri af­ter com­ing un­der pres­sure from prom­i­nent rab­bis to re­sign af­ter speak­ing on the ra­dio about at­tend­ing the wed­ding of a gay nephew two years ago.

Ef­forts are still afoot within the Shas Coun­cil of To­rah Sages, how­ever, to for­mu­late a way f0r Gueta to keep his seat while apol­o­giz­ing for hav­ing pub­licly dis­cussed the wed­ding.

Sources close to Deri told The Jerusalem Post Satur­day night the most likely sce­nario was that Gueta would in­deed quit but Deri would work out a com­pro­mise be­fore the res­ig­na­tion be­comes of­fi­cial 48 hours later.

One idea is for Gueta to write a let­ter em­pha­siz­ing that ho­mo­sex­ual ac­tiv­ity is for­bid­den by the To­rah while not ad­dress­ing his at­ten­dance at the wed­ding for which he is not will­ing to apol­o­gize.

Deri is set to re­turn to Is­rael Sun­day night fol­low­ing a visit to Ukraine at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Ukrainian in­te­rior min­is­ter. Deri, in a rare move, trav­eled on a Ukrainian mil­i­tary he­li­copter.

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