"I intend to continue with all my strength to contribute to the public and to the coalition," Shas chairman MK Aryeh Deri said on Sunday in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's removing him from the government in wake of a ruling by the High Court of Justice last week that disqualified Deri due to his criminal past.

"Honored prime minister, I hear in your voice the sadness regarding the High Court's ruling and its consequences," Deri said.

Deri: It was clear we would adhere to court's ruling

"Soon after the ruling was published on Wednesday I was in my home, and at a very early stage, when some had already read the ruling and some had not, it was clear to both of us that we would adhere to the court's ruling, there was no doubt in this at any stage.... Read More: JPost