Yuli Edelstein 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee remained unconvened and
without a chairman Monday, two months after Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
left the post.
The Knesset’s most prestigious panel was supposed to hold
its first meeting since November on Tuesday, following a Monday evening vote to
make Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein its chairman.
However, on Monday
afternoon, exactly two months after Liberman left the post following his
acquittal on corruption charges, the vote was called off because coalition
members could not reach an agreement on the matter.
committee’s plenum was unable to hold meetings for the last two months, and only
its subcommittees were convened.
The Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee is meant to deal with sensitive and classified information, and review
the Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry’s activities.
meeting was called to review topics that were neglected since November, such as
voting whether to renew Military Ombudsman Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick’s term
for another five years.
In recent weeks, Brick was unable to perform
essential parts of his job because he was yet to be officially
Over the last two months, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
and Finance Minister Yair Lapid were unable to agree on a replacement for
Liberman, with the former preferring Knesset House Committee chairman Tzachi
Hanegbi and the latter wanting Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelah to fill
The two decided on a rotation, but neither was willing to have
his candidate be second.
Last month, Edelstein decided to take matters
into his own hands and nominated himself as head of the Foreign Affairs and
However, he intends to only hold the position
symbolically and appoint a different panel member to substitute for him in each