Sharansky names date for resignation
Will quit politics on November 15; Netanyahu lauds his "great contribution."
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
October 15, 2006 11:25
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Likud MK Natan Sharansky decided on Sunday to delay his departure from politics until November 15, following a meeting with Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu.
Sharansky has been expected to submit his resignation letter to Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik on Sunday but sources close to Sharansky said he still had legislation that he wanted to pass and he needed a month to do so.
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Netanyahu thanked Sharansky for his contributions to the state of Israel over the years and wished him well in his new position as head of the Institute for International and Middle East Studies at the Shalem Center. In his new position, Sharansky will concentrate on the threat from Iran.
Former MK Haim Katz will join the Knesset in place of Sharansky. Netanyahu recently met with Katz and improved his relations with the man who was one of his fiercest critics in the last Knesset.
If Likud MK Reuven Rivlin is elected president, the next name on the Likud list is former MK Uzi Landau, who has retired from politics and said he does not intend to return to the Knesset. The next name on the list is Sharansky's former colleague in Israel Ba'aliya, former MK Yuli Edelstein.