'Amona bill not what endangers Israeli democracy'

Shuli Mualem of Jewish Home rips Attorney General over claim bill to normalize Amona would 'destroy Israeli democracy.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli
MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli

Shuli Mualem (Jewish Home), responded to a harsh statement made by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the proposed bill to normalize the town of Amona in Samaria.

MK Mualem issued a scathing critique of Mandelblit's warning that proposed bills to end questions of the legality of Amona would undermine democracy.

“What is dangerous for Israeli democracy is the leadership of bureaucratic clerks,” said Mualem.

“The public wants a certain public policy and, in accordance, determines who will be its leaders but the clerks are meant to advise the chosen representatives,” Mualem said.

Mualem stated that, “in addition to that, the bill that would normalize the status of settlements is a national issue, and is the greatest response against the Arab claim over Judea and Samaria.”

According to a report by Channel 10, the Attorney General privately warned that such an amendment to the Absentee Property law would constitute "a mortal blow to the foundations of the rule of law," adding that it would mark, in effect, an "end to democracy" in Israel.

Mandelblit noted the Supreme Court’s own criticism of such proposals, which the Court has in the past said would seriously harm ownership and property rights in Israel.

Mandelblit was IDF Chief Legal Military Advocate General when the "disengagement" from Gaza and northern Samaria took place.