Shaked Gets Prosecutors to Suspend Strike

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) —

A protracted strike by Israeli state prosecutors has been settled, at least for the time being, and the controversial new Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, is getting credit for it, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

The state prosecutors launched their strike months ago to protest the creation of an oversight body, which they charged was intended as an instrument for politicians to prevent them from prosecuting corruption and reducing their independence.

During the course of the strike, state prosecutors refused to cooperate with the oversight body.

A compromise proposed by Shaked included the appointment of mediators acceptable to both sides, and she extracted a commitment from the prosecutors to suspend the strike for the next two months.

During the interim, the oversight body will refrain from evaluating or criticizing the performance of individual prosecutors. Instead, evaluations will be limited to the performance of district attorney’s offices as a whole.

The compromise may help to smooth Shaked’s acceptance within the government bureaucracy after her appointment caused an uproar due to her right-wing politics and lack of any formal legal background.

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