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Mizrachi Parties Hit Government for Delay in Inquiry on Minister

The Mizrachi and Labor Mizrachi parties of Israel last night issued a joint statement criticizing the Ministry of Justice for having failed to complete during the past four months its investigation into alleged violation of currency control regulations of Rabbi Shlomo Rosenberg, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare and leader of the Orthodox Zionist movement.

The statement, following on the heels of an announcement by Dr. Pinchas Rosen, Justice Minister, that the investigation had not yet ended, declared that the seriousness of the charges and the position of the accused demands “prompt action” by the government. Rabbi Rosenberg, who offered to waive immunity and stand trial, subsequently took a leave from his post in order to facilitate the Justice Ministry’s investigation.