Bill to Expel Palestinian Assailants' Families Will Truly Harm Israel, AG Cautions

Avichai Mandelblit also blasts the construction of new structures at an evacuated West Bank outpost: 'Placing caravans on private land is no source of pride'

Palestinians examine a house after it was partially demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Shweikeh, near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Dec. 17, 2018.
Majdi Mohammed,AP

Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit warned on Thursday that advancing legislation to fight terrorism with bills that have been deemed unconstitutional will bring real harm to Israel.

Speaking at the Globes Business Conference, Mandelblit called the rule of law "the greatest defender of Israeli society."

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Mandelblit issued a similar warning concerning the bill earlier in the week alongside Nadav Argaman, the chief of the Shin Bet (Israel's security service).

The legislation, which would facilitate the expulsion of Palestinians assailants’ families from their homes to other areas of the West Bank, passed a preliminary vote in the Knesset on Wednesday.

Mandelblit also alluded in his comments to the new structures erected last week by dozens of settlers in the former West Bank outpost Amona, which was evacuated nearly two years ago. "Placing caravans on privately-owned lands can't be a source of pride," he said.

The attorney general also touched on the corruption probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his legal team "is not persecuting anyone, but rather pursuing the truth and justice."

His comments come a day after a team of attorneys working on behalf of the State Prosecutor's Office recommended to indict Netanyahu for bribery charges in two corruption cases, known as Cases 2000 and 4000.