Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. Photo by Flash 90
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A week after writing to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, some 20 writers will be sending a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today, demanding that Netanyahu declare he will not initiate military action against Iran without a cabinet decision. The signatories to the letter are demanding a reply by tomorrow. If they do not receive one, they say they will petition the High Court of Justice.

The letter is being written to Weinstein by attorney Michael Sfard on behalf of attorney Eldad Yaniv, TV writer and director Rani Blair, actor and director Doron Tsabari and some 20 writers, among them Yoram Kaniuk, Sami Michael, Zeruya Shalev, Nir Baram, Eshkol Nevo, Ram Oren and Ronit Matalon.

Sfard asked Weinstein to clarify to Netanyahu that, "Because an attack on Iran has enormous ramifications for every possible field of activity, whether it be a 'surgical' strike or a comprehensive war, at issue is an act of exactly the type the legislature meant when it determined that only the government can decide upon it."

Asked why the group decided to send an attorney's letter to Weinstein rather than a petition, Yaniv told Haaretz that this was "a serious issue with fateful consequences, not just a subject for another petition."