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  1/4/2012, Tevet 9, 5772

Justice Minister: I Will Remain Silent


Justice Minister Prof. Yaakov Ne’eman responded to the Knesset query of MK Dov Chenin (HADASH) on his position vis-à-vis the Bar Association law proposal. Chenin asked Ne’eman “To clarify your position pertaining to the proposal that involves the insertion of a retroactive clause and the retroactive cancellation of elections, which has never happened in Israel or elsewhere.”

Ne’eman responded: “The reason I will remain silent is because I am the Chairman of the Judge Selection Committee, and I don’t want to interfere in its issues when I have to decide on the appointment of judges. From the day I assumed the position, I have not met any candidates, and only rely upon the opinion of the Committee. Even more so, I have not introduced any candidates, despite the law allowing me to do so. I will express my opinion only after the issue is no longer on the agenda of the committee,  that will convene on Friday. When it comes to conflict of interests, I am very conservative.”