Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz said late Tuesday night that Minister Tzahi Hanegbi should resign his position following the latest allegations of corruption. "Every day that Hanegbi remains in his position puts a black mark on the government," Mazuz wrote.
Mazuz's opinion came in light of the decision to indict Hanegbi following the political appointment scandal in the Environment Ministry. The final decision with regard to the indictment is still contingent on a hearing which will be held. Mazuz added that he believes that Hanegbi should not be appointed as a minister in a new government, even if the proceedings against Hanegbi have not yet been completed.
Hanegbi is suspected of appointing workers to the Environment Ministry through illegal means while he was acting as environment minister. The indictment would contain bribery-related charges, as well as charges of fraud, violation of public trust and false testimony. The scandal was revealed in a report submitted by the former state comptroller Eliezer Goldberg, in which he wrote that Hanegbi "trampled all over the law and the norms of proper management."