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Katz Guarding the Cream

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Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit last week decided to file indictments against Labor and Social Affairs Minister Haim Katz for a series of offenses including bribery, aggravated fraud and breach of trust. Katz must first be granted a hearing; a final decision on whether to prosecute will be made in a few months.

There is no norm in Israel that requires a minister to resign his post at this stage, but Katz has another job: He is a member of the committee that selects judges to serve on the labor courts. This position gives him authority and status that cannot be accorded to a criminal suspect facing indictment. Although the labor courts operate separately from the regular judicial system and there is no chance of Katz being involved........

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