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Legal Adviser to the Government Gali Beharev Miara announced tonight (Monday) that she will not respond to petitions that sought to extradite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Israel, following the Israel Law approved last week.
However, Beharev Miara emphasized that she will discuss the issue of the conflict of interest settlement that Netanyahu signed, and which he allegedly violated when he announced in his speech that he "entered the event" of the legal revolution.
"The petitions that were submitted before the amendment of the Basic Law regarding the fortifications are no longer relevant in their current form. In the meantime, it was clarified that the amendment of the Basic Law does not detract from the Prime Minister's duty to act in accordance with the conflict of interest settlement established for him," the ombudsman's statement reads. The law in its entirety or allegations are raised regarding the violation of the Prime Minister's conflict of interest arrangement, the legal advisor to the government will refer to the relevant procedures."
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Beharev Miara (photo: photo processing, Shlomi Gabai)
At the end of the week, Beharve Meyara informed Netanyahu that he had violated the ruling of the High Court of Justice when he publicly announced that he would begin dealing with the issue of the legal revolution. In the letter she sent, Beharve Meyara wrote that "Your statement and any action taken by you contrary to what was stated is illegal and tainted by a conflict of interest." Netanyahu claimed in his speech that after approval Law of Entrenchment, he will be able to deal with the legal reform. However, Beharve Miara clarified that the amendment of the legislation does not exempt him from the conflict of interest settlement, and therefore he must refrain from any initiatives to change the judicial system and the composition of the committee for the selection of judges.
"You must avoid taking actions that raise concerns about the existence of a conflict of interest between your personal interests relating to the criminal proceedings and your role as prime minister," the ombudsman wrote. Those around Netanyahu dismissed the ombudsman's claims, saying that he did not violate any conflict of interest ruling or settlement.
"Every sane person understands that this week of a national crisis that has internal and external consequences for the country, the Prime Minister must act to try to bring about a national consensus as broad as possible, to prevent violence and to ensure law and order and the day-to-day functioning," they said.
"The Prime Minister's announcement yesterday has no bearing on his personal affairs," Netanyahu's entourage added.
"In any case, he has already informed the Supreme Court that no new judge selected by the Committee for the Appointment of Judges will directly or indirectly handle his affairs."
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