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Justice minister said to ask lawyer Navit Negev to submit her candidacy for AG

TV report says attorney for newspaper publisher in Netanyahu trial is not likely to follow through, but Gideon Sa’ar still apparently looking for first woman to fill post

Attorney Navit Negev (right) arrives at the Jerusalem District Court for a hearing in Benjamin Netanyahu's trial, on December 6, 2020; Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar (left) speaks at a conference in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Attorney Navit Negev (right) arrives at the Jerusalem District Court for a hearing in Benjamin Netanyahu's trial, on December 6, 2020; Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar (left) speaks at a conference in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar recently approached lawyer Navit Negev and recommended she present her candidacy for the position of attorney general, according to a Saturday television report.

Negev, who represents Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in one of the cases that make up former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s graft trial, would be the first female attorney general if she were to be chosen for the role.

Without citing a source, Channel 12 news reported that though Negev was likely to decline the offer, Sa’ar was still looking for a woman to be the next attorney general.

Both Sa’ar and Negev declined to comment on the matter to the network.

In the Netanyahu trial’s Case 2000, the ex-premier is accused of attempting to reach a quid pro quo with Mozes for positive media coverage in Yedioth, in exchange for legislation weakening rival newspaper Israel Hayom. Mozes was charged with bribery, while Netanyahu has been charged with fraud and breach of trust in the case.

Separately on Saturday, Sa’ar said the Judicial Selection Committee had yet to reach an agreement regarding four new candidates for the Supreme Court, and that the selection may be delayed from its planned date this week.

“I must be honest and say that there are currently no agreements, I am not sure that on Tuesday judges will be elected at all,” he told Channel 12.

The committee must choose replacements for Justices Menachem Mazuz and Hanan Meltzer, who recently announced retirement, as well as Neal Hendel and George Kara, who are expected to retire in 2022.

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