Daily Israel Report

Nitzan Appointment ‘Shows Likud is Afraid to Lead,’ Atty Says

Govt. ignores concerns over Shai Nitzan’s history of discrimination, appoints him as deputy attorney general.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 9/9/2012, 6:45 PM

Shai Nitzan
Shai Nitzan
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Attorney Shai Nitzan’s appointment as deputy attorney general for special assignments is at best a bad idea and at worst a serious violation of the rules, Attorney Nadav Haetzni said Sunday, speaking to Arutz Sheva.

The government did not follow normal protocol in conducting a job search for the position, he said. In addition, he noted, many believe the position Nitzan was appointed to was eliminated years ago.

Protests against Nitzan’s appointment have been led by the political right, he said, but the public at large should take an interest. “Everyone who expects that senior positions be held by people who apply the law equally without discrimination should protest,” he declared.

The government approved Nitzan’s appointment, although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted that Nitzan will not be involved in issues relating to Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

The appointment is “frustrating and difficult to comprehend” despite Netanyahu’s caveat, Haetzni said. “I’m afraid it stems from the Likud’s fear of leading,” he added.

Among Nitzan’s previous decisions that upset many were preventing Jews from purchasing land from Arabs in Judea and Samaria, creating special rules for purchases only when Israeli Jews were involved, and encouraging the use of administrative orders. “Shai Nitzan played a significant part in the system [of discrimination] and it is very problematic to appoint an employee like that to such a senior position,” Haetzni argued.