Attorney General Mandelblit Deputy Attorney General Zilber asked to stay away from politics while appearing in the Knesset committee. He ignored him.
By Jack Gold, Israel World News
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit met with Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber before his controversial appearance in the Knesset Education Committee's debate on the Culture Loyalty Bill and warned her against making stimulating statements, IDF Radio report on Sunday.
According to the report, Mandelblit asked Zilber to refrain from adding personal comments in the defense of the government bill in the committee, but did nothing and make strict comments against government policy rather than represent it the committee
Zilber is facing potential redundancy after provoking a debate on Tuesday when she spoke at the Knesset Education Meeting against the Law of Cultural Loyalty promoted by the Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev. The proposed law would allow the government to refuse funding from organizations or cultural events that harmed or defame Israel.
Zilber claimed that the bill gets a "social discourse injury". If someone can be faithful then someone else is a lawyer? Fifth column … Show us to discipline and educational people whose opinions are uniform. Loyalty in a culture in an oxymoron as a disgusting silence, "said Zilber.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responded on Wednesday by saying that "a general attorney or someone on his behalf could come and present an objectionable legal situation, but not political positions."
Shaked underlined that that policy should be determined by elected officials and not state employees, "otherwise it would be impossible to run the state."
Shaked requires Zilber to resign or be dismissed. Meanwhile, Zilber will not represent the government in Knesset negotiations until Mandelblit finishes his investigation into the possibility that Zilber broke the law.
Speaking on Saturday at an interview on Channel 13Shaked again said she believes "the Attorney General's organization must be clean and professional. Once it becomes politically, it breaks off the branch where it is seated."
Saying "a public officer can not go to the Knesset and speak out against the government," she will not "allow the establishment of the Attorney General to become political, bringing politics to this organization destroy it. "
Shaked stressed the need for trust between the ministers and legal advisers. "The encouragement that an attorney comes out publicly against the government can not work and represent," he said.