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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Time to find a new attorney general

One of the high points of the Watergate scandal nearly 40 years ago was the resignations of Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus for refusing to defend President Nixon. But in Israel, we have a 'better' idea. In Israel, an attorney general decide not to defend the government he serves and yet not be required to resign. He becomes yet another hurdle on the way to having a law declared constitutional... except that we don't have a constitution except in the minds of the Supreme Court Justices.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would not be able to legally defend bills restricting foreign funding of NGOs.

Weinstein said in a letter to Netanyahu, obtained by Israeli media on Tuesday, that the proposed legislation was unconstitutional.

"The bills severely damage a number of constitutional rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to equality."

Weinstein added in the letter that the passage of the laws would put Israel in a category with pariah states that have taken similar action.
Sorry, but the attorney general is a government servant and if he cannot serve the government, he ought to be fired. And substantively he's also wrong. No one is trying to shut down these NGO's - only to cut off their foreign governmental funding.

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At 7:45 PM, Blogger NormanF said...


Carl - you might have pointed out for your readers that in Israel the Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court names the Attorney General, who is always a leftist and subservient to the Chief Justice's wishes.

Israel has the "perfect dictatorship" - one of naked judicial tyranny.

What could go wrong indeed


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