Gantz appoints interim state prosecutor after appointment held up

Acting Justice Minister Benny Gantz appoints Amit Aisman as interim state prosecutor.

Aisman was chosen last month by a selection committee as Israel’s next state prosecutor. He was backed by then-justice minister Avi Nissenkorn, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held up the approval of the nomination in the cabinet.

Gantz says he has decided to tap Aisman as an interim state prosecutor until a permanent candidate is approved. The position has been vacant since Shai Nitzan ended his term in December 2019. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has been serving as acting state prosecutor in the meantime.

Haifa District Prosecutor Amit Aisman. (Justice Ministry)

Gantz also says he was persuaded that past sexually explicit comments by Aisman should not hold up his nomination.

“The fact that there is no state prosecutor is a stain on the government and its leader. Therefore, until we bring the permanent nomination to the cabinet, I have decided to appoint attorney Aisman as the interim [state prosecutor] so he can start working,” says Gantz.