Netanyahu leaving Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has no intention to appoint a permanent
deputy, Prime Minister’s Office legal adviser Shlomit Barnea Farrago wrote on
In response to a petition by the Movement for Quality Government,
Farrago wrote that “appointing a permanent deputy does not create certainty or
stability in leadership,” and pointed out that the deputy’s job would be to
coordinate and lead cabinet meetings while the prime minister is abroad and take
on the prime minister’s duties should he become incapacitated.
response came a month after the Movement for Quality Government demanded that
Netanyahu appoint a deputy, questioning his motives for not doing
“The language and spirit of the law do not require appointing a
deputy,” Farrago added. “In fact, the law includes instructions of what to do if
the prime minister does not choose a deputy, showing that he is not required or
expected to do so.”
The Movement for Quality Government expressed
disappointment with Farrago’s response.
Dafna Kiro-Cohen, head of the
movement’s legal department, said “the prime minister is not another chairman of
a board, and conducting government meetings or taking his place in case he is
incapacitated are not trivial matters.”
Kiro-Cohen added that Farrago’s
response does not give a good reason for not appointing a deputy, and that just
because it is not required does not mean it is not the right thing to
Earlier this month, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz was
caught on camera complaining that he was not made acting prime minister while
Netanyahu was abroad.
“You always used to appoint Likudniks,” he lamented
after Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich of Yisrael Beytenu was given