AG Rejects Ben-Gvir’s Request to Disqualify New Appointments in Police Force

Head of the Otzma Yehudit party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks during a faction meeting of the Otzma Yehudit Party at the Knesset, Monday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara knocked back an attempt by incoming minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to cancel the appointments of several top police officials, which were approved in recent days by Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai and the outgoing Internal Security Minister, Omer Barlev.

Ben-Gvir had argued that such appointments days before his expected entry into the post are illegitimate and may be an attempt to tie his hands.

Baharav-Miara replied that the appointments, including of a new chief of Border Police in Yehudah and Shomron, were indeed “problematic” and should have been done only after seeking counsel with her office, and yet “the appointments have already entered into effect and are a done deal, and her ability to intervene legally is therefore limited.”

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