No progress in meeting on prosecutors’ strike

PMO official Gabai meets with state prosecution representatives in attempt to close gaps between prosecutors, Finance Ministry.

Cabinet meeting 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Cabinet meeting 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
There were no breakthroughs reached during a meeting on Monday between Eyal Gabai, directorgeneral of the Prime Minister’s Office, and state attorneys’ representatives.
The meeting was an attempt to close gaps between the striking prosecutors and the Finance Ministry.
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Prosecution representatives put forward their positions and at the end of the meeting it was decided that further discussions were needed.
At Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s request, a High Court of Justice hearing scheduled for Monday on a petition calling on the government to enter into negotiations with the striking prosecutors was postponed to Wednesday, in hopes that the prime minister’s involvement would lead to direct talks between the Finance Ministry and the state attorneys.
Gabai told Israel Radio that he spoke on Sunday with Justice Ministry representatives and expressed hope that the work dispute could be resolved soon.
On Sunday, as the state prosecutors’ strike entered its 40th day, Netanyahu had intervened for the first time, instructing Gabai to hold the meeting.
“I decided to intervene after all prior efforts failed,” Netanyahu said in a statement before the weekly cabinet session.
Meanwhile, the state attorneys’ committee met on Sunday morning and discussed ways to toughen the strike.
Suggestions included the boycott of remand hearings and other sanctions.
Ron Friedman contributed to this report.