Levin slams deputy AG for formulating presentation of legal opinion ‘behind my back’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Justice Minister Yariv Levin at a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee on January 16, 2023. (Dani Shem-Tov/Knesset)
Justice Minister Yariv Levin at a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee on January 16, 2023. (Dani Shem-Tov/Knesset)

Justice Minister Yariv Levin slams Deputy Attorney General Gil Limon for presenting his legal opinion in a Knesset committee without sharing it first with Levin.

“I think there is no more instructive example of the need for the reform I am leading than what we just heard,” says Levin at a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee.

“The deputy AG appears here, presenting a legal position on a very important issue that concerns a matter that is at the core of my ministry’s actions,” Levin says. “When do you think I heard or could read this opinion? Believe it or not — now. This is the first time I’ve heard of it.”

Instead, Levin says, the deputy attorney general and others in the AG’s office are too busy “giving speeches against the minister, applauding speeches against the minister, formulating opinions behind his back.”

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