The deadline for the selection of the chairman of the Jewish Agency is likely to be extended

The selection committee of the Jewish Agency chairmanship is likely to receive a request from Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid for more time to choose the government’s candidate for the position, and will approve the request, sources involved in the report said on Sunday. process.

The committee decided a month ago to allow new candidates to join the race until November 17, immediately after the deadline for the government to approve the state budget.

The government requested the delay due to concerns that rebel minister Eli Avidar would resign from the cabinet, return to the Knesset and vote against the budget if he is not promoted in the cabinet to a position that could be vacated by a potential new candidate. , as as Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Nachman Shai.

There were also concerns that Defense Minister Benny Gantz would rebel if his candidate, former Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich, was not elected.

Since then, the budget has been approved, but there is no indication that Lapid has chosen a candidate or even dedicated time to the matter. He has evaded questions on the matter at meetings of the Yesh Atid faction.

Additionally, Lapid’s recent appointments of family members to positions in Zionist institutions have been scrutinized, making Wednesday’s deadline especially problematic. His sister-in-law, Ilil Keren, resigned from her volunteer position on the Keren Kayemet Le’Israel board of directors due to bad press, but a cousin who received a paid position has not resigned.

Lapid has not agreed to meet current candidates who hoped to win his support.

Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern seen during a plenary session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on October 13, 2021 (credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90).

His candidate had been Yesh Atid’s minister Elazar Stern, who resigned from the race following a scandal over the destruction of anonymous complaints when he was a senior IDF officer.

A final decision will only have to be made before the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in February.

Meanwhile, the president of the World Zionist Organization, Yaakov Hagoel, remains the agency’s acting president, a position he has held since Isaac Herzog was elected president in July.

Stern’s departure left eight candidates: the director of the Museum of the Jewish People of the UNA, Irina Nevzlin, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, the law professor of the University of Bar-Ilan. Yaffa Zilbershats and former MPs Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Danny Danon, Uzi Dayan, Michael Oren and Yankelevich.

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