Tamir denies considering offer to leave Knesset

Tamir denies considering

Labor rebel MK Yuli Tamir denied reports on Monday that she was weighing an offer to leave the Knesset and become president of Sapir College, outside Sderot in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. She said the reports were aimed at harming her and her three fellow Labor rebels. An Oxford-educated philosophy professor, Tamir has been invited in the past to return to Britain and teach at that school, and has received other offers from academic institutions in Israel and around the world. But she said none of the offers were recent or concrete. Sapir's current head, Prof. Ze'ev Tzehor, announced he was stepping down two months ago. If Tamir were to leave it would quash the rebellion in Labor, because the next name on the party list, Harvard-educated consultant Einat Wilf, could be counted on to remain loyal to the government. The four rebel MKs met on Monday to discuss Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to freeze construction in the West Bank. They reacted with skepticism to the freeze. "This is merely a tactical move on Netanyahu's part," MK Ophir Paz-Pines said. "The government has not made a decision to pursue peace. "I hope the freeze will prove itself in the long run, but until then, I'm allowing myself to remain skeptical," he said.