Shai Nitzan 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
Right-wing politicians lashed out against the appointment of Shai Nitzan as
state attorney on Tuesday, claiming his record as assistant attorneygeneral
showed he was biased against settlers.
Deputy Transportation Minister
Tzipi Hotovely called for ministers to reject Nitzan’s appointment.
Nitzan used his job in the Attorney-General’s Office to force his political
stances on the government,” she said.
“The government needs to appoint a
state attorney with experience in fighting organized crime, not a man with a
record of selectively enforcing the law.”
A selection committee led by
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein chose Nitzan out of four final candidates.
While there will be a ministerial vote on the appointment, the committee’s
recommendation is usually followed.
Bayit Yehudi put out a statement
criticizing the state attorney selection process and saying the ministers must
demand to be allowed a choice of several candidates, not just the one the
“It cannot be that ministers are forced to accept
a decision that was already made for them,” the party said.
MK Orit Struck, former chairwoman of the Human Rights Organization of Judea and
Samaria, pointed to Nitzan’s track record as problematic.
that appoints a state attorney with a wellknown hostile stance toward
settlements in Judea and Samaria cannot say that the judiciary is forcing it
into a policy it opposes. The government must wake up immediately,” Struck
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beytenu) called Nitzan “one of the most
extreme left-wingers, who took advantage of his public position to promote a
political agenda and defied the law to take on more and more
The law must be changed, Feiglin said, so that legislators
can pick judges and appoint people to major legal positions.
He said this
would restore the public’s trust in the judicial system.
and Feiglin all live beyond the 1949 armistice lines.
Many on the Right
see Nitzan as a red flag because he approved administrative detention orders
against settlers, and because he was involved in the decision to investigate
rabbis Dov Lior and Ya’acov Yosef for incitement following their endorsement of
a book that says Jewish law permits Jews to kill non-Jews in some
Meanwhile, on the other side of the political spectrum, opposition
leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) congratulated Nitzan, saying that now “constant
heavy pressure by those who want to crush rule of law will meet a clear
representative of the rule of law, an independent thinker who proved that he is
not deterred by threats.”
Yacimovich expressed hope that Nitzan would
“continue to protect the independent status of the State Attorney’s Office.”