7 final candidates for next Attorney General

The Committee for Appointing Next Attorney General removes two candidates: Yorem Torbovitch, Suzie Navot

Reut Hadar ,

Avihai Mendelblit
Avihai Mendelblit
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The Committee for Appointing the Next Attorney General, under the leadership of former Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, has removed two names from the running: lawyer Yorem Torbovitch and legalist Suzie Navot.

There now remain seven final candidates for the position, as there will be no more culls before the committee makes its official suggestion, Channel 2 reports.

The remaining possibilities include the ombudsman over judges, retired judge Hila Gerstel; former Justice Ministry Director Dr. Guy Rotkopf; Deputy (Financial-Fiscal) Attorney-General Avi Licht; Deputy (Criminal) Attorney-General Raz Nizri; Knesset legal advisor Eyal Yinon; and law professor Yishai Bar.

The committee will present its final three choices to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) at the end of the month. Shaked will then choose one of the three, and will bring the candidate's name to the Knesset for its approval.

Experts believe that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shaked are interested in Avihai Mendelblit, the current government secretary, to be the next Attorney-General. The two hope that the Supreme Court will intervene in the decision, despite appeals that may be filed against Mandelblit's appointment.