Ehud Olmert speaks following verdict.
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Two attorneys for former prime minister Ehud Olmert angrily left a Bar
Association legal conference on Tuesday after verbally sparring with former
attorney-general Menahem Mazuz.
Mazuz said while addressing the
conference that he stood behind the decisions he made as attorney-general, as
related to sanctioning legal proceedings against Olmert. The former prime
minister was cleared of multiple graft charges earlier this year, but a ruling
in the Holyland corruption case against him is still pending.
attorneys Navot Tal Tzur and Navit Negev interrupted Mazuz’s speech, saying that
they were not prepared to take part in a discussion in which an ongoing case
they were involved in was being discussed.
Former justice minister Tzipi
Livni said at the conference that there was currently a battle taking place
between Israelis who believe the authority is the law as defined by the courts,
and those who consider Halacha the authority as defined by their
Livni warned about the growth of the haredi population and
complained about recent comments from Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, calling
secular judges and those who turn to them wicked, and their courts “courts of
“We have a five-year window of opportunity to legislate a
constitution,” Livni said. “After that, children who learn to prefer their rabbi
over the law will decide what the State of Israel is. We need a constitution to
set Israel’s legal values as a Jewish, democratic state. This is the most
important struggle and it is forbidden to sweep it under the rug.”