Netanyahu delays political appointments until after US trip

PM scheduled to return from US on October 3 before Yom Kippur: "When I return from the US, whoever wants can meet with me," he tells Likud ministers in wake of Sa'ar's resignation.

September 21, 2014 13:26
1 minute read.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.. (photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers Sunday morning that he would not make any political appointments until after he returns from his visit to New York and Washington at the end of the month.

Netanyahu did offer the Interior portfolio that will soon be vacated by Gideon Sa'ar to Communications Minster Gilad Erdan in a phone conversation on Friday. Erdan is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

But the prime minister intimated that other political appointments would have to wait because he is concentrating on his preparation for his meeting with US President Barack Obama and his speech at the United Nations General Assembly. "I heard that there has been commotion about appointments," he told the ministers. "When I return from the US, whoever wants can meet with me [on this matter]."

Netanyahu is scheduled to fly after Rosh Hashana – which this year is a three-day holiday because it is followed immediately by Shabbat – on September 27 at night, and to return to Israel before Yom Kippur, which starts on Friday night, October 3.

Sa'ar, Erdan, and Negev and Galilee Minister Silvan Shalom were noticeably absent from the meeting.

Netanyahu, who said nothing about Sa'ar in a speech Thursday to mayors who had been under the interior minister's jurisdiction, took the opportunity Sunday to praise him . "He accompanied me for many years politically and accomplished many reforms in the Education and Interior ministries, most importantly regarding infiltrators."

Related Content

Israeli flag
August 16, 2018
Israelis emigrating? Lowest number in nearly three decades