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Attorney general says he opposes plan of new justice minister to split his job

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit speaks at a conference held by Channel 13 news in Jerusalem on June 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit speaks at a conference held by Channel 13 news in Jerusalem on June 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit suggests that he does not support the plan of new Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar to split up his job into two different positions.

“The Turkel Committee asked if it was right to split the Military Advocate General’s responsibilities and decided it was wrong,” Mandelblit says at a panel discussion at Bar-Ilan University. “The committee actually established ideas and rules in order to strengthen the position of the double responsibilities of the Military Advocate General. Anyone who thinks [this plan] has a connection to other current affairs is not necessarily mistaken.”

Sa’ar’s plan aims to create a separate position of chief prosecutor in Israel, and have the attorney general be solely the chief legal adviser to the government.

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