Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich became the third senior figure in Yisrael Beytenu in two weeks to announce his departure from politics when he released a statement Friday afternoon.
Aharonovich followed Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, who retired two weeks ago, and Knesset Law and Constitution Committee David Rotem, who quit Tuesday. The party has fallen from 13 seats in the outgoing Knesset to five to seven in the polls.In the statement, Aharonovich said he told Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman he wanted to retire after eight years in the Knesset, six of whom he served in his current post, and 32 years serving the country in the IDF and in the police, where he was inspector-general. He said he entered politics to have influence and that he believed he accomplished his goal.
"I had the honor of being a part of complex, professional processes and advancing the ministries I headed," he said. "I also had the honor of making decisions on socioeconomic, security and diplomatic issues while looking out for the best interests of Israel. I am thankful for that privilege."