Jewish Agency selection committee meeting ends with no conclusion, again

No candidate received nine of the 10 votes on the selection committee to be chosen as the next Jewish Agency chairman.  

The Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
The Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

The Jewish Agency chairmanship selection committee meeting ended on Sunday afternoon with no decision as to its next chairman.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid had pushed for his candidate, former Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon, but was unsuccessful.

Calderon and former minister Omer Yankelevitch reportedly received the most votes.

No candidate received nine of the 10 votes that are required to be chosen as the next Jewish Agency chairman.

 YAAKOV HAGOEL, chairman, World Zionist Organization; acting chairman, The Jewish Agency Executive. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) YAAKOV HAGOEL, chairman, World Zionist Organization; acting chairman, The Jewish Agency Executive. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The selection committee announced that they would restart the process and reopen the list of candidates “until the most fitting candidate for the job is found,” the Agency said.

The selection committee thanked the candidates for participating in the process.

Until a new chairman is chosen, interim agency chairman Yaakov Hagoel will remain in the post until the board convenes again in July.

Jerusalem deputy mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, who was a candidate, expressed her disappointment.

"The inability of the selection committee to put forth a candidate for the Jewish Agency raises serious questions about the process and its politicization," she said. "This is even more problematic at this current time when war is raging in the Ukraine and Jewish Diaspora communities need effective leadership."

Former MK Michael Oren also expressed frustration that a candidate was not chosen in light of the Ukraine crisis. He said he would not remain a candidate.