(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Judge Yosef Shapira will replace Micha Lindenstrauss as Israel's state comptroller, Channel 2 News reported Thursday.
Current State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss finishes his term on July 3.
Shapira, 66, has been a district judge for the past seven years and is a
colonel in the IDF reserves. The agreement over the state comptroller's
replacement was reached between the leadership of Israel's major
political parties, including Likud, Kadima, Shas, and Yisrael Beiteinu,
according to the Channel 2 report.
The issue of finding a replacement for the state comptroller was first
raised earlier in the week by Knesset Speaker
Reuven Rivlin at a Knesset
Presidency meeting. Rivlin told his deputies that there is
no need to call a special Knesset meeting to vote on a new state
“We cannot let the process [of choosing the comptroller]
appear to be political,” Rivlin said, explaining that if he receives a request
to hold the vote on the new comptroller during the recess, he will only consider
it “under the most dramatic circumstances.”
Rivlin said he was planning to
decide, together with the Knesset Presidency, on the date of the vote in the
Candidacy for the state comptroller position must be
submitted in writing to the Knesset Speaker, no less than 10 days before the
vote. Each MK may nominate one candidate.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.