Lieberman may let faction decide on tourism minister

Israel Beiteinu given Tourism portfolio after Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog of Labor trades it in for Social Affairs Ministry.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 25, 2007 01:28
1 minute read.
lieberman 298 aj

lieberman 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

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

The Israel Beiteinu faction will make a "collective decision" on who will be Israel's next tourism minister when the faction convenes on Sunday at the Knesset, Israel Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday night. Israel Beiteinu was given the Tourism portfolio in Thursday's cabinet reshuffle after Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog of Labor agreed to trade in the portfolio for the Social Affairs Ministry. Israel Beiteinu will also receive the chairmanship of the Knesset Finance Committee. Lieberman had already decided that the chairmanship of the finance committee would go to MK Stas Meseznecov. But the fate of the Tourism portfolio remained undecided on Saturday night. People who spoke to Lieberman on Saturday night said he might decide to have the faction vote on who will be the minister. Such a vote would make it likely that MK Yisrael Hasson would receive the portfolio instead of MK Estherina Tartman. Tartman angered members of her faction last month when she made statements about incoming Science, Culture and Sport Minister Ghaleb Majadle that were considered racist. Lieberman also wants to avoid replacing Tartman as faction chairman, a post that would be difficult to fill due to the limited Hebrew of many Israel Beiteinu MKs. Hasson, who is number two on the Israel Beiteinu list, has called on Lieberman to decide who will be the minister based on the order of the list. He has issued veiled threats about making life difficult for Lieberman if he is not given the portfolio. Appointing Hasson would also allow Lieberman to continue his efforts to recraft his image as a moderate, because Hasson is considered centrist while Tartman's views are much further to the Right. Sources close to Lieberman revealed over the weekend that had Israel Beiteinu been given the Science portfolio instead of Tourism, his candidate for the post would have been neither Hasson, nor Tartman, but Nobel Prize-winning mathematician Robert Yisrael Aumann or another professional appointment. Lieberman believes it is important to appoint more professionals to the cabinet, but sources close to him said the Tourism portfolio did not enable him to act on that philosophy. Majadle, Herzog and the Israel Beiteinu minister's appointments will be brought to the cabinet for approval on March 4 and the Knesset the following day.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN