Following the appointment of the Northern District Commissioner in the Interior Ministry, Boaz Yosef, as head of the committee in charge in Tiberias, this morning the ousted mayor Ron Kobi filed an urgent petition with the High Court demanding an order to the Interior Ministry ordering his return to the post of mayor. And demands answers from the Ministry of the Interior
Former Tiberias Mayor Ron Kobi, who was fired after failing to pass the municipality’s budget for more than a year since he was elected, this morning (Sunday) filed an urgent petition with the High Court demanding that the decision to dismiss him be revoked. In addition, Kobi demands an order from the Interior Ministry. Mayor Kobi filed the petition following the appointment of Boaz Yosef, who served as the Northern District Commissioner in the Interior Ministry as chairman of the committee convened in the city.
In the petition, filed through attorney Dafna Holtz Lachner, Kobi claims a serious conflict of interest in the decision-making, according to the fact that three weeks ago Interior Minister Aryeh Deri appointed the Northern District Commissioner in the Interior Ministry, who was a key figure in the dismissal decision. Chairman of a committee in charge of the city.
What infuriated Kobi was Interior Minister Aryeh Deri’s decision about a month ago to appoint Boaz Yosef – formerly in charge of the Northern District in the Ministry of the Interior – as head of the committee in charge in Tiberias. Yosef, replaced the deputy director of the Ministry of the Interior, Moni Matuk, who has served as head of the committee in charge for the past ten months.
“The appointment of the cause, which was complicit in the removal of Kobi, to serve in his place,” the petition reads, The individuals who formed the basis of the actions of the Minister of the Interior and his office, in a manner that necessitates the annulment of the dismissal decision. “
Kobe tries to present the new appointment as a conflict of interest, and through it to prove that his dismissal was done illegally. “Now,” the petition filed in the High Court, “it is absolutely clear that all the trending and destructive difficulties raised by Minister Aryeh Deri, through his people in the Ministry of the Interior and through representatives of the Shas faction in the City Council, on Ron Kobi from the beginning of his tenure until his removal. Unlawfully, they were done with deliberate intent, in conflict of interest and while considering foreign considerations, due to the political desire of Shas members to regain control of the city of Tiberias.
The petition alleges that this was the reason for the deliberate torpedo and sabotage of the members of the Conflicting Council in their refusal to approve the annual budget for 2019 and the discriminatory treatment Kobi received from Interior Ministry officials, compared to other authority heads. It is therefore requested to order the annulment of the decision.
In the petition, Kobi emphasizes that due to a conditional order issued by the Supreme Court in a previous petition filed against Minister Deri, alleging that Deri was in a personal and institutional conflict of interest in his case, Deri announced that he was withdrawing from dealing with Kobi’s removal and therefore appointed Minister Elkin. At the same time, in this announcement, Deri appointed the director general and the district commissioner in his office to deal with the issue, and therefore the entire proceeding is tainted with a conflict of interest and his sentence is null and void.
Surprisingly, Supreme Court Justice Meni Mazuz ordered the Interior Ministry to respond within 20 days to petitions by former Tiberias Mayor Ron Kobi.