Attorney General Freezes Appointment of Israel Atomic Energy Panel Chief

Yehuda Weinstein won't approve Netanyahu's choice candidate because appointment was made during election season.

Amos Harel
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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided to freeze the appointment of the next director general of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission because of the early elections.

Earlier this week, Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to appoint Brig. Gen. (res.) Ze'ev Snir to head the atomic energy committee, after consultations with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Weinstein, however, decided to put the appointment on hold as it was decided on during the election cycle, according to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday.

The commission's current director general, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shaul Chorev, was supposed to retire on December 31, prompting an urgent search for his replacement.

Chorev has since said he would be willing to remain in the post until August 2015, leading Weinstein to tell Netanyahu he would not approve Snir's appointment.

The ministers involved in Snir's selection expressed dismay at Weinstein's decision, saying the appointment is a professional, not political, one.

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