PM spokesman Nir Hefetz announces resignation

Hefetz, who joined the PMO in 2009, issued statement saying he informed Netanyahu he wanted to leave his position and return to the private sector.

Netanyahu serious with flag 311 ap (photo credit: Associated Press)
Netanyahu serious with flag 311 ap
(photo credit: Associated Press)
In a surprise move, Nir Hefetz, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's chief spokesman, announced his resignation Monday night.
Hefetz, who came to the Prime Minister's Office from Yedioth Ahronoth in the summer of 2009, issued a statement saying he recently informed Netanyahu that he wanted to leave his position and return to the private sector.
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"I thank the prime minister for the privilege  given me to serve the country under his leadership, and for the trust he put in me," Hefetz said.
Netanyahu issued a statement thanking Hefetz for his "dedicated and professional service," and wished him well on his new path.

Hefetz's announcement followed by just five days the announcement by Netanyahu's political advisor, Shalom Shlomo, that he was leaving his position after serving Netanyahu in that capacity for some five years. Both men are considered close Netanyahu confidants.