Zilber shows up, Bennett leaves

Jewish Home chairman keeps his word, walking out of cabinet meeting to protest presence of deputy attorney general.

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Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Minister of Education and Chairman of the Jewish Home Naftali Bennett left the cabinet meeting this morning, Sunday, to protest the presence of Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber.

The ministers of the Jewish Home promised that they would not take part in the meetings in which Zilber participated in the wake of her political statements against the Law of Legal Advisers promoted by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Culture Minister Miri Regev’s Law of Loyalty in Culture.

"I declare that if Zilber isn't fired, as long as she arrives at government meetings we will leave and not participate in the meeting while she is there," Bennett said in an interview last month with Reshet Bet.

"Her role is to provide legal advice, not to educate us. She suffers from megalomania and it's clear that her words are political. Let her resign and run for politics if she wants to. She's done advising us," the Jewish Home Chairman said.

Bennett's decision to boycott meetings in which Zilber is present was made after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit chose to protect Zilber and not prevent her from participating in the discussions as requested by the justice minister.

The outcry over Zilber was triggered when she chose to deviate from the legal and constitutional issues during a discussion by the Education Committee on the Law of Loyalty in Culture, and made a political speech that aroused the wrath of Justice Minister Shaked and other political officials.

Among other things, Zilber said, "The face of the country has changed. These days are not simple, and they bring with them not only new laws, but also new words: governance, loyalty, overriding. A confrontational discourse that wounds the common social fabric, labels and tags - who is for us and who is against us.”

"And if there is someone who is loyal, then is there someone else who is a traitor? A fifth column? Bring us obedient legal advisers, castrated artists, a restrained media, a disciplined, educated nation whose thought is uniform,” she added.