After losing out to current State Attorney Eran Shendar in the last selection, attorney Moshe Lador has been endorsed by a selection committee to replace Shendar when his term ends. The recommendation of the committee, headed by Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, must be approved by the government. However, no objection is expected to be raised by either Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann or Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Until 2003, Lador, 63, served as Jerusalem District Attorney. He has also held the position of director of the State Attorney's financial division. For the past four years, he has worked in the private sector. As district attorney, Lador was instrumental in establishing Israel's witness protection program. In 2002, then-state attorney Edna Arbel appointed him to provide recommendations for guaranteeing the safety of witnesses who were considered to be in special danger. The Justice Ministry estimated that there are about 20 such witnesses each year. Shendar tendered his resignation only a few months ago in a letter to the justice minister, the district attorneys, and the media. "Three years ago, I was offered the position of state attorney. I believed this was an offer I couldn't refuse, but I stated from the start that I didn't intend to serve a full three-year term," Shendar wrote.