Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday told outgoing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in her farewell ceremony that she was “the gatekeeper of democracy” in Israel.
He added that “I do not want to make statements that could be taken as political,” but “the Israeli public cannot give up on your talents, so I am not splitting from you” despite Livni’s having term as justice minister ended.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Livni earlier this week, sparking elections set for March 17.
Livni said she was, “at the start of a fight for our life” and that she was proud that the ministry during her term fought against racism and discrimination in Israeli society.
She spoke about the “Jewish State” bill that Netanyahu has recently promoted, saying it became a struggle over Israel’s image as a Jewish and democratic state.