Attorney General of Israel says proposal to ban investigation of incumbent prime minister ‘absurd’

During a speech at a Ministry of Justice conference, Attorney General of Israel Avichai Mandelblit expressed his objection to the controversial bill proposed by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, which is intended to prohibit the criminal investigation of incumbent prime ministers.
Avichai Mandelblit Photo Credit: Flash90/Channel 2 News

Attorney General of Israel Avichai Mandelblit addressed the coalition-proposed bill intended to prohibit the criminal investigations of incumbent prime ministers. “This is an absurd proposal,” he said during a Ministry of Justice conference at Tel Aviv University on Monday.

“Let’s assume that the Prime Minister receives 1 million shekels in his bank account,” said Mandelblit. “In return, the Prime Minister grants the money giver personal favors. This bill means that we cannot investigate in this case. Will we wait eight years to start collecting evidence? There is a real problem of equality before the law.”

Mandelblit expressed his certainty that the bill, also known as “the French Bill,” will not pass and said: “This is not right, appropriate or suitable for a country like ours. We do not want to be such a country.”

David Amsalem Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90/Channel 2 News

Earlier today, MK David Amsalem, who drafted the bill, criticized Mandelblit and State Attorney Shai Nitzan, who are against the proposal. “What is happening today is chaos and undermining the deepest foundations of democracy,” said Amsalem. “I respect Mandelblit and Nitzan, but legislation takes place in the Knesset and they were supposed to come to the Knesset gathering to discuss this bill and express their opinion.”



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