No white smoke yet on Jewish Agency head

Current Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky will complete his term at the end of June.

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February 23, 2018 13:50
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No white smoke yet on Jewish Agency head

Natan Sharansky . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not recommend any candidates to replace Natan Sharansky as Jewish Agency chairman in a meeting with Agency officials Friday morning.

Agency board chairman Michael Siegal and World Zionist Organization chairman Avraham Duvdevani presented a list of candidates to Netanyahu that Israeli and Diaspora Jewish leaders agreed on in advance of the meeting.

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Netanyahu did not react to their list. He asked for a few days to come up with his own list of candidates.

A search committee of Agency, WZO, Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod officials is set to meet Sunday at the Agency Board of Governors meeting in Zichron Yaakov.

Sharansky will complete his term at the end of June. He will be honored next month at a dinner in New York in which former US president George W Bush will be the keynote speaker.

Possible candidates include Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's office Michael Oren, former ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, and Ma'ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel who is a candidate of the World Likud.

"I will pick the candidate who I believe would be best for the Jewish Agency," Netanyahu said, according to one of the participants in the meeting.


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