History will probably remember Dr. Avichai Mandelblit, the current Attorney General of Israel, for his decision to issue four criminal indictments against then-sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the past two weeks news outlets have reported extensively on Mandelblit in the context of a possible plea bargain for Netanyahu, currently the head of Israel’s opposition. However, this is just one of the many consequential decisions that Mandelblit had to make during his tumultuous term of office.
This coming February, Mandelblit will complete his six-year term, and the government of Israel will appoint a new attorney general. Therefore, this is an opportune time to shed some light on the responsibilities of the Attorney General in the modern State of Israel. Also we will try to examine a few Biblical parallels. Additionally, we will consider the way in which the current Minister of Justice hopes to reform and limit the Attorney General’s powers in the future. How is the Attorney General in Israel chosen?
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