Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to go ahead with the appointment of Ran Baratz as his next chief media adviser, despite highly critical online posts Baratz wrote about US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Government officials confirmed a Channel 2 report about Netanyahu's decision to move forward with the move, and said that earlier this week Netanyahu sent the nomination to the Civil Services Commission for approval.
Baratz's appointment has been held up since November, after it became known that he referred to Obama’s angry response to Netanyahu's speech to Congress as “modern anti-Semitism,” and wrote that Kerry's mental age does not exceed that of a 12-year-old child. He also has written denigrating Facebook posts about President Reuven Rivlin.
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