(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman (Likud- Beytenu) was voted unanimously
on Wednesday to the post of chairman of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Liberman, who served as chairman in an interim
capacity before Wednesday, called it “the most challenging post in the Knesset,
especially in this period.”
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz, who did not arrive
in time for the early morning vote, said he would have voted against the
appointment, given Liberman’s ongoing corruption trial.
been indicted on charges directly affecting people who hold central roles in the
foreign service,” Horowitz said. “It is unacceptable that when the trial is
still going, he heads the committee in charge of oversight of the Foreign
Ministry. It is a harsh conflict of interest that harms the legal
The other chairmen of coalition-controlled Knesset committees
were formally appointed Wednesday, including Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud-Beytenu) as
House Committee chairman and Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) as chairman of the
important Knesset Finance Committee. Chairmen for committees in the opposition’s
control are still under dispute.
Slomiansky promised to work with modesty
and humility after his appointment was unanimously approved in a vote boycotted
by Shas and United Torah Judaism MKs.
“We all know the reason you got
this job,” said UTJ MK Moshe Gafni, whom Slomiansky replaces in the position.
“You vetoed an entire sector. That’s why.”