Promoted by Netanyahu, Israel’s Attorney General Must Now Scrutinize Him

His appointment two years ago to the post of attorney general was criticized by some legal experts as too swift a transition into a role that requires absolute independence as the guardian of the law and the public interest.

Although Mr. Netanyahu has blamed the left and the news media of plotting to oust him by legal means because they cannot beat him at the ballot box, Mr. Mandelblit hardly fits the profile of a politically motivated insurgent intent on bringing down the government, often described as the most right-wing and religious in Israel’s history.


Last year, demonstrators held regular protests against Mr. Netanyahu in front of Mr. Mandelblit’s home east of Tel Aviv.

Dan Balilty/Associated Press

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