After reports surfaced that the Netanyahu Gifts affair investigation may continue for a few more months, Israel’s State Attorney Shai Nitzan discussed the complexity of an investigation involving the Israeli prime minister. Furthermore, Nitzan responded to the recently opened investigation into Minister Aryeh Deri

Shai Nitzan

Shai Nitzan Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90/Channel 2 News

At the end of last week, Channel 2 News reported that the investigation of Netanyahu Gifts affair, could last a few more months. This evening (Monday), Israel’s State Attorney Shai Nitzan said it may not be a day or two, but he hopes it won’t take months. “I do wish the investigation could be closed more quickly,” he said at a legal event in Jerusalem.

“But because we are dealing with the Prime Minister, we are doing our job to accompany the investigation, the attorney general to the government, personally, and I, personally,” Nitzan said. “We’ve held dozens of meetings to review the investigation’s progress, but you must understand that although in such investigations you want to move forward as quickly as possible on the one hand, on the other, you cannot leave any stone unturned.”

The state attorney also addressed the Aryeh Deri investigation currently in progress. “Just today, the minister and his wife were questioned for a few hours, and I have no intention of disrupting the investigation until it is rung dry,” he said. “All questions will be asked after which the case will be weighed by the prosecution. My position regarding Deri’s reinstatement at the Ministry of Interior was that it wasn’t personal, rather professional. My legal position is that the matter was illegal, the previous state attorney thought differently. Yet, in the end of the day, only one person gets to make the decisions and he was the senior attorney.”

Nitzan was also asked about the demonstrations in front of the Israeli attorney general’s house, to which he replied that freedom of expression is not an absolute value for which a balance must be found. “You have to take into account the right to privacy, and you have to respect the Supreme Court’s ruling. Anyone who thinks that the police are wrong is welcome to appeal, but anyone who wants to respect the law cannot demand that the law be respected only unilaterally. Please, if you believe I am misinterpreting the law, turn to the Supreme Court. No amount of pressure on the attorney general will help, I know him personally. That’s how it is and that’s how it’ll be.”