Deputy AG resigns after complaining of politicization in Justice Ministry

Deputy Legal professional Common Avi Licht has resigned, every week after he complained of a rising politicization throughout the ranks of the Justice Ministry and interference with its position because the watchdog of democracy.

Licht was thought-about probably the most senior of Legal professional Common Avichai Mandelblit’s deputies. From 2010-2016 he served as deputy legal professional basic for financial issues. From 2016 onward he was deputy legal professional basic for administration and particular duties.

Licht made the announcement on Monday.

Per week earlier than his resignation, Licht spoke at a roundtable of the Israel Democracy Institute suppose tank the place he might have hinted at his motives for resigning.

“There’s a feeling of declining professionalism within the civil service of the Justice Ministry and we discover ourselves, not like in earlier years, working in an area the place we’re not given legitimacy.”

“In opposition to the ideology we have been raised on, a brand new ideology had arisen, and I’m not judging which is right,” he added.

“There has at all times been opposition to the work of the Justice Ministry, however lately, our position as a watchdog, advancing the general public curiosity and human rights, are seen amongst more and more giant teams of individuals — together with within the Knesset and authorities — as illegitimate. A brand new ideological strategy has arisen that sees what we do as prohibited. This strategy may be summed up with the phrases: “Who put you in cost?”

Licht is a 20-year veteran of the Justice Ministry. He was prominently concerned within the authorities’s pure gasoline plan, the Communications Ministry reform that opened the cellphone market to competitors and the institution of Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Company.

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