Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein criticized the city council of Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, Friday, for not ousting Mayor Shlomo Lahiani, who has been charged with receiving a bribe. In a submission to the Supreme Court on a petition to oust Lahiani, Weinstein called the decision unreasonable. He said the fact that elections are five days away does not justify the decision, against the backdrop of Supreme Court rulings on other mayors facing charges.
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is scheduled to consider a bill, Sunday, which calls for local councils to suspend mayors and deputy mayors in this situation instead of dismissing them so that they can return to office if they are acquitted. Weinstein wrote an opinion in support of the measure on Thursday, adding that it needed fine tuning.