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Amid gridlock, Sa’ar announces 6 new Supreme Court candidates

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar announces six new candidates to become Supreme Court justices, nine days after reopening the list of candidates due to a gridlock between conservative and liberal members of the Judicial Selection Committee.

The new candidates are Nazareth District Court judge Yifat Shitrit-Hadad and lawyers Ofer Bartal, Eli Wilchek, Yechiel Kasher, Yair Assael and Ofer Tzur.

Today is the last day to present the additional candidates.

A month ago, Sa’ar froze the committee’s activities after no consensus could be reached on nominations. The panel is tasked with naming four new justices to the Supreme Court: two to replace retired judges Menachem Mazuz and Hanan Melcer, and two to replace Neal Hendel and George Kara, who will be stepping down next year.

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