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Israel's attorney general expected to argue against new law in Supreme Court

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with attorney general Avichai Mandelblit, who is currently investigating a Netanyahu confidant, at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on November 8, 2015
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Israel's attorney general is expected to appear before the Supreme Court and argue against a law approved by lawmakers on Monday that retroactively legalized settlements built on land privately owned by Palestinians, Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday.

It was unclear whether Avichai Mandelblit would appear in person or send a representative, said the report.

Channel 2 News added that only two similar situations have occurred in Israel's history. On two occasions an attorney general announced the intention of appearing before the Supreme Court, but in neither case did the attorney general actually end up appearing in court.

The Israeli Knesset on Monday evening passed the second and third readings of a controversial bill paving the way for Israel to recognize some 4,000 settler homes illegally built on private Palestinian land, despite a US call for restraint last week.

The so-called Regulation Bill went before lawmakers at 20:30 GMT and received 60 votes in favor opposed to just 52 against in its third reading.

It swiftly drew condemnation from several countries, including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, as well as the United Nations, while the United States remained silent.


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