Attorney General Mandelblit requested deputy chief prosecutor Zilber to stay away from politics while appearing in the Knesset Committee. She ignores him.
Jack Gold, Israeli news
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit met with Deputy State Prosecutor Dina Zilber before her controversial appearance at the Knesset Education Committee's Committee on the Bill on Loyalty of Culture, and he warned against making provocative statements, IDF Radio reports Sunday.
According to the report, Mandelblit asked Zilbera to refrain from adding personal comments while defending the draft law in the committee, but in any case made a serious objection to government policy rather than representing him in the committee.
Zilber faces a possible resignation after provoking controversy on Tuesday when she spoke in the Knesset Education Committee against the Law on Cultural Loyalty promoted by Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. The proposed law would allow the government to retain funding from institutions of culture or events that damage or deceive Israel.
Zilber claimed that the account was wounded "by social discourse." If someone can be loyal, then someone else is a traitor … Fifth Column? … Show us disciplined and educated people whose thought is balanced. "Loyalty in culture is an oxymoron as a deafening silence" Zilber said.
Justice Minister Aielet Shaked replied Wednesday that he said that "the general attorney or someone on his behalf can come and present a contrary legal opinion, but not political positions".
Shaked stressed that politicians must designate elected officials, not civil servants, "otherwise it would be impossible to manage the state".
The strike demands that Zilber resign or be fired. In the meantime, Zilber will not represent the government at the Knesset talks until Mandelblit completes his research on the possibility that Zilber violated the law.
Speaking on Saturday in an interview Kanal 13, Shaked again said that she thinks "the state prosecutor's institution must be pure and professional. When it becomes political, it cuts off the branch on which it sits."
She said that "a public official can not go to Knesset and say it against the government," she said, "she will not allow the state prosecutor's office to become political, introduce politics into this institution and destroy it."
Shaked stressed the need for trust between ministers and their legal advisers. "At a time when a lawyer publicly opposes the government, he can not work and represent," she said.