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The New Chief of Israel Aerospace Industries Is in the Right Place The New Chief of Israel Aerospace Industries, Amir Peretz, Is in the Right Place

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We are hearing many inaccurate statements in the debate about the appointment of Amir Peretz as chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries. This is not the first time that an appointment has been brought to the cabinet after being rejected by the senior appointments advisory committee.

It happened in 2004, when the committee rejected Shlomo Ben Lulu, a Likudnik and former mayor of Beit She’an, for the position of chairman of the new government gas company. The minister refused to make the decision and brought the appointment to the cabinet for approval (it approved Ben Lulu only as director and not as chairman). The appointing minister at the time was Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Minister Avigdor Lieberman also refused to accept the decision of the Appointments Committee to reject the candidacy of Yair Shamir as chairman of the Israel Aerospace Industries and brought it to the cabinet.

But despite what the spin suggested, Shamir’s “political connection” to Lieberman was not the main problem: The opposition was due to a conflict of interest, namely, loose ends from Shamir’s previous tenures as chairman of the IAI.

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