Former Jewish Agency official Eli Cohen has been tapped to take over as CEO of the World Zionist Organization under chairman Avraham Duvdevani. While the announcement, which is said to be a source of controversy within the organization, is not yet official, sources have confirmed to the Post that the ball for Cohen to take the reigns is current rolling.
Cohen, the former head of the Jewish Agency’s Aliya Department and the deputy CEO of the Mekorot national water company, became a household name when he attempted to topple Beit Shemesh's haredi mayor in an election many across the country saw as emblematic of a kulturkampf between ultra-orthodox and secular Israelis. He subsequently headed the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews's nascent aliyah program but resigned after only a few months.
This is "a major controversy in the corridors of power at WZO," a source familiar with the matter told the Jerusalem Post.
"Even the workers' union was not in the loop. Hanan Mor, their chairman, stormed into the inner executive 'hearing' on Eli Cohen's appointment in protest along with others members of the union," the source said.
Both Cohen and the WZO declined to comment.