Netanyahu agrees to cease interference in Israel Prize following AG’s request

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to comply with the request by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein not to interfere in the makeup of the judges’ panel for the Israel Prize during the election campaign period.

Weinstein’s instruction comes after a weeklong brouhaha in which Netanyahu was severely criticized for his apparent meddling in the award process.

Last week it was revealed that the Prime Minister’s Office rejected Professors Avner Holtzman and Ariel Hirschfeld for the Literature Prize panel and filmmaker Chaim Sharir for the judge’s panel for the Israel Prize in Film.


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