Business Insider, along with Israeli media outlets Times of Israel and i24 News, have commendably corrected erroneous reports claiming that Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit determined that a planned pre-election visit to Israel by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla would constitute prohibited election propaganda.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt responded by echoing these concerns and urging Netanyahu and Israel’s health minister to reconsider the trip, according to Channel 12.
Mandelbilt argued that the planned visit was “prohibited and criminal election propaganda, due to the prohibited use of the intangible asset of a supervised body (Ministry of Health),” Channel 12 reported.
Due to the proximity of the date of the planned trip to elections, the “National Responsibility” movement approached the attorney general at the beginning of the week and called on him to act to cancel the visit out of concern of prohibited election propaganda. In the letter which was sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein, state comptroller Matanyahu Engeleman, and attorney general Avichai Mandelblit, it was written that the Pfizer CEO’s planned visit “days before the 24th Knesset elections, is prohibited elections propaganda and an apparent crime. This is because of the forbidden use of intangible assets of a supervised body (Ministry of Health).”
State Comptroller Matanyahu Engelman and Mandelblit responded by sending a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, asserting that the planned visit, 24 days before elections, was an “allegedly prohibited and criminal election propaganda, due to the prohibited use of the intangible asset of a supervised body (Ministry of Health),” according toN12.
Charging that the visit would be used by the prime minister for his own benefit in the election, the Achrayut Leumit watchdog group urged Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit earlier this week to prevent it from taking place.The group said that the visit could be considered “prohibited election propaganda” due to its use of Health Ministry resources.
Achrayut Leumit’s letter warned that for the visit to take place 24 days before elections, was prohibited due to the use of the intangible asset of a supervised body (Health Ministry),” according to N12.