Israel’s High Court Offers Compromise on Omri’s Emissary Role

Published May 5th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Israel’s High Court of Justice on Friday suggested an arrangement that would allow Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to dispatch his son, Omri, to meet with Palestinian officials on occasions involving a risk to human life and in coordination with the attorney general, reported Haaretz newspaper.  

The compromise proposal was raised during deliberations on a petition submitted by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel and head of the Meretz Party, Yossi Sarid, against sending Omri Sharon on political missions.  

The various parties are currently discussing whether they should accept the compromise, said the paper.  

The prime minister and Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein have disagreed on whether the younger Sharon can serve as emissary. An injunction issued by the court currently prevents him from doing so.  

Rubinstein opposes Sharon's use of his son, claiming that it reeks of forbidden conflicts of interest.  

Sharon has insisted that his son, as his closest confidante, has "no political or business agenda," and that such missions therefore involve no conflict of interest.  

Sharon has also argued that "every meeting between Omri Sharon and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority includes the real possibility that bloodshed can be avoided."  

The prime minister has further said that it was the PA that initiated the use of Omri Sharon as a go-between for his father and Arafat, said the paper –  


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