Cabinet Approves Nitzan for State Attorney

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Cabinet on Sunday approved the appointment of Shai Nitzan as the 11th state attorney of the State of Israel by a vote of 17-4 following a stormy reception of his nomination on both political and procedural grounds.

Nitzan was reviled by right-wing MKs as an enemy of the communities in Yehudah and Shomron, who also assailed the selection process as biased.

He succeeds current State Attorney Moshe Lador on December 17.

The four ministers who voted against Nitzan were mostly from Jewish Home; they included Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel and Uri Urbach, and were joined by Uzi Landau of Yisrael Beiteinu.

Bennett said he voted against the appointment because Justice Minister Livni, who supported Nitzan, had not interviewed other candidates. Livni retorted that he was using the procedural issue as a dodge for his opposition on political grounds.

While the five-member search committee customarily interviews several candidates, and did interview four candidates in this case, the justice minister did not conduct another round of interviews.