Daily Israel Report

Shin Bet's Diskin: Attorneys' Strike Could Help Terror

Head of ISA thanks prosecutors for appearing in court on sensitive security cases.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/29/2010, 7:03 PM / Last Update: 12/29/2010, 7:19 PM

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The ongoing strike by state attorneys could become a security problem for Israel if it does not end soon, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Head Yuval Diskin said Wednesday. 

Speaking in a discussion held at the Defense Minister's office in the Knesset, Diskin opened with a note of gratitude: "I would like to express my appreciation for the attorneys' union," he said, "for the responsibility it is showing in the sensitive security cases, by giving attorneys a green light to appear [in court] and represent the state in the course of the strike, thus averting serious security damage."
 
However, Diskin added that he is worried by "the continuation of the attorneys' strike and the danger this holds in the area of security crimes and bringing terror defendants to justice - without state representation."
 
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in the discussion that he supports the need to seriously weigh the attorneys' demands, seeing as they are engaged in a "uniquely important" mission.