The Knesset may have to go one more day without a Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee chairman, but Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has his eye on MK Amram
Mitzna (Hatnua) for the job.
Edelstein pushed off his ultimatum to Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the selection of a new chairman for the
Knesset’s most prestigious panel by a day, as opposition leader Isaac Herzog
(Labor) and Knesset House Committee chairman Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud Beytenu) are
attending the Brooking Institution’s Saban Forum in Washington and are expected
to return on Tuesday.
Still, if Netanyahu does not choose a Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee chairman by Tuesday, Edelstein will bring his
favored candidate from among the panel’s members to a vote by faction
The Knesset Speaker’s Office would not confirm that Mitzna,
who is currently chairman of the Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee,
is Edelstein’s choice, but a source close to Edelstein called Mitzna “a good
The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee is still missing a
chairman after Avigdor Liberman left the role last month to return as foreign
minister, as Netanyahu has yet to appoint someone to take the Yisrael Beytenu
The committee deals with sensitive and classified
materials, and as such, the law forbids the Knesset from appointing a chairman
who would serve less than three months.
Therefore, the committee has been
unable to hold meetings since Liberman’s departure, though its subcommittees
Netanyahu prefers to see Hanegbi in the position, but
Finance Minister Yair Lapid insists the job should go to Yesh Atid faction
chairman Ofer Shelah.
Netanyahu has yet to comment on the issue publicly.
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