Key Knesset committee convenes for first time in weeks amid political acrimony

January 9, 2014 14:48

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee convened for the first time in over two months on Thursday due to political sparring between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid over who would replace Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in the position.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein took over as chairman, and keeping the speaker's promise to appoint a substitute for each meeting, MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) led the discussion. Ben-Eliezer called for the coalition to find a permanent chairman for what he called "the most important and sensitive committee in the Knesset."

Edelstein said the meeting is "better late than never" and expressed hope that the "unfortunate" lack of panel leadership would come to an end.

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