Justice Minister Yaakov Boyles has told Channel 2 that he will bring a complaint to the Knesset against the Justice Minister Yair Lapid for criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to release a group of Palestinian prisoners.
Lapid had issued a tweet on Sunday saying the prisoners should be released in accordance with Israeli law.
Boyles said in a statement on Monday that he has asked for a formal complaint from Lapid to the cabinet to the Justice Ministry.
“I am also concerned that the prime minister is making a political statement, which is an affront to the state of Israel and of justice,” Boyles said.
“He should clarify that he is opposed to the release of the prisoners.”
Boyles also said he would ask Lapid and the Israeli Defense Forces to ensure that any prisoners released on condition of the release being for a political purpose do not participate in political activity.
The minister said Lapid’s comments were disrespectful to the victims of terrorism and should be condemned.
As the Justice Department’s official spokesperson, Lapid is known for being outspoken in his criticism of the prime minster.
After the release last week of five Palestinian prisoners, Boyles called on Lapid, who is Jewish, to apologize.
Lapids statement came hours after the Israeli military released a video of Lapid making derogatory remarks about Israel during an interview with a Palestinian youth.
He said that Israel had “opened the doors” of the Palestinian territories to Palestinians, adding that Israel has a right to “open them up.”
Boyle said that he would file a formal claim against Lapid if the minister continues to “make offensive comments.”
“I have asked for such a formal action, which I hope the prime mover will take immediately,” Boyle said.
In an interview last week with Channel 2, Lapids son-in-law, Justice Minister Danny Danon, said that the government would seek to make sure the government did not publish Lapid in the public sphere.
Asked about the new legal action, Lapides lawyer, Gershon Katz, said, “I don’t know about this.
I don’t think it will be possible.”