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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Bar-On–Hebron Affair

The Bar-On–Hebron Affair

(p.121) 14 The Bar-On–Hebron Affair
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Bar-On–Hebron affair, a scandal that broke out following attempts to replace the sitting attorney general, Michael Ben-Yair, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The scandal led to investigations against Netanyahu, Justice Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and others, though it eventually fizzled out. None of those involved was put on trial, and all the investigations were closed. Yet it brought about a dramatic change in the structure of Israel’s government and the power relations between its different branches. The executive branch—the cabinet—was weakened drastically, with its authority to appoint its own legal adviser, the attorney general, seriously impeded. In contrast, the power of the Supreme Court surged as it gained much more than a foothold in determining who would fill this essential post.

Keywords:   Bar-On–Hebron affair, Michael Ben-Yair, Benjamin Netanyahu, Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli Supreme Court, Israeli cabinet, Israeli executive branch, Israeli attorney general

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