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AG says won’t rule now on whether PM can eject Gantz from gov’t after election

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05.03.2021

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has informed Defense Minister Benny Gantz that he will not currently examine whether the prime minister can fire his party members from the transitional government should they fail to pass the electoral threshold in the March 23 vote.

Mandelblit informed Gantz this week that he will do so if and when the question becomes relevant.

Gantz has said recently he fears that if he fails to enter the next Knesset, Netanyahu may fire him and his ministers before a new government is established and take far-reaching steps to cripple the justice system and hinder his trial on criminal charges.

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In a February interview with Channel 12 News, Gantz said: “If I do not cross the electoral threshold needed to enter the Knesset, and there’s a transitional government headed by Netanyahu, the very next day Netanyahu will fire all the Blue and White ministers, appoint [Likud’s Amir] Ohana as justice minister, fire Mandelblit, not extend the appointment of [new] state prosecutor Amit Aisman, and turn this place into a monarchy.

“There will be a fundamental change of the structure of the [governing] regime in Israel right in front of our eyes.” Benny Gantz: “A fragmented society whose members feel alienated and marginalized is a society ready........

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