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Cabinet to Act on Dispute Between Attorney General, Justice Minister

A dispute over prerogatives between Minister of Justice Dov Joseph and Attorney General Gideon Hausner, over which Mr. Hausner has reportedly threatened to resign, will come before the entire Cabinet for discussion at its next regular meeting, according to a communique issued here today following a meeting between Mr. Joseph and Mr. Hausner.

The issue concerns Mr. Hausner’s present autonomous status, under which he has sole authority over opening or closing of official, Governmental legal proceedings. Mr. Joseph insists that the Attorney General should be subject to the Ministry of Justice jurisdiction and should report to the Ministry rather than directly to the Cabinet. Today’s conference apparently did not bring about a reconciliation between the two men on this issue.