Raz Nizri, the deputy attorney general for constitutional affairs, has announced he is leaving the Justice Ministry after being left off of a shortlist of candidates to become attorney general.
Nizri writes that he was caught off-guard, “like many others who were quite surprised (I’m choosing not to use other words that dozens of people from inside and externally wrote to me) by the fact that I was not included in the three candidates recommended by the panel.”
On Sunday, the race to replace Avichai Mandelblit entered the final stretch with the search committee tasked with finding a new attorney general announcing the names of the final three candidates: Gali Baharav-Miara, Roi Scheindorf, the current deputy attorney general for international law; and Defense Ministry legal adviser Itai Ofir.
Earlier Monday, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar tapped Baharav-Miara, the former Tel Aviv district attorney for civil affairs, for the role, pending Knesset approval.
Nizri says he will depart within two months.