'The law will pass - even if the Attorney General opposes it'

Coalition Chairman Bitan says bill granting sitting prime minister immunity will pass over AG's objections.

Hezki Baruch,

David Bitan
David Bitan
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Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) said the coalition will pass a bill barring investigation of a sitting prime minister, even if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit opposes it.

The law, if passed, would grant immunity to future sitting prime ministers from investigations, though once retired, former premiers could be investigated and prosecuted.

According to a report on Army Radio, Mandelblit wrote that "the result of this proposal would be...unacceptable. This type of arrangement, which has no flexibility or balance, significantly harms the rule of law, the public's faith, and equality in law. Therefore, this policy should not be adopted."

"This proposal reflects a stance which does not trust the investigative authorities and the Attorney General to prevent the Prime Minister from being investigated for insignificant things."

In response, Bitan told Reshet Bet that the government "does not accept Mandelblit's stance, but we respect it. There are other parts to an ideal state besides investigations. The issue of governmental stability is no less important than the investigation itself."

"We are currently working on preliminary approval, and after that we will discuss the issue with the Attorney General and attempt to persuade him. But even if he does not agree with us, we will pass this law. We will work to arrive at agreements. We respect the Attorney General's stance, but his is not the only opinion which needs to be considered."