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Attorney general: Government decision is needed in order to shut down Army Radio

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit submits his legal opinion to the Defense Ministry on the minister’s plan to shut down the Army Radio station.

Mandelblit says the decision can not be made by Benny Gantz and IDF chief Aviv Kohavi alone. A government decision is necessary, he writes, and a Knesset bill is preferable.

Gantz and Kohavi said last year they wanted to close down the news station, operating since 1950, saying it is not right for soldiers to be tied to political affairs.

A soldier-reporter for Israel’s Army Radio, on November 11, 2019. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

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