Netanyahu may appoint another woman to Likud list after criticism

January 3, 2015 20:48


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering appointing a woman to the Likud list, a source close to him said Saturday night after only two female candidates reached realistic spots in last week's primary.

Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev is in Likud's fifth slot and MK Gila Gamliel is in the 14th. The next woman on the list is Nava Boker at 25 followed by Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely at 26. The premier is likely to choose at least one woman in Likud to be a minister.

Netanyahu has the right to appoint candidates of his choice to the 11th and 23rd places on the Likud list, and a source close to  him said a woman "was always under consideration" for one of those slots.

Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg is thought to be a leading candidate and may even be offered a ministerial post.

The source said Netanyahu offered a spot to Miriam Peretz, who became a motivational speaker after her sons Uriel and Eliraz were killed in Lebanon in 1998 at age 22 and in Gaza in 2010 at age 31, respectively, but she turned him down.

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