Harel Locker, the director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday of his intention to step down, some three years after he took up the job that oversees policy dealing primarily with economic, social and civilian issues.
Among the issues he was responsible for over the years included reform in food imports, personnel reform in the public sector, the government's plan to reduce regulation and bureaucracy, and the move of IDF bases from the central region to the South.
Netanyahu, in a statement released by his office, thanked Locker for promoting numerous “critical issues” during his three years in office in a professional, modest and successful way.
Locker joined the PMO when his his brother, Yohanan Locker, was Netanyahu’s military secretary. Locker came to the public service from the large Tel Aviv law firm, S. Friedman & Co., specializing in tax law, real estate, commercial law, joint ventures and venture capital.