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Cabinet okays Amir Peretz as IAI board chair over objections of vetting panel

19 9 4

The cabinet on Sunday approved the appointment of former Labor party leader Amir Peretz as chairman of the Israel Aerospace Industries board, after a Senior Appointments Advisory Committee voted against the nomination.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz had nominated Peretz, but the advisory panel ruled that the choice was problematic, citing Peretz’s lack of experience at such companies as well as his ties to Gantz (Peretz was appointed a minister under Gantz in the previous government, in which the latter had the power to appoint about half the cabinet under a power-sharing deal).

The cabinet ignored the committee on Sunday, voting to approve Peretz anyway. The appointment required the authorization of Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, who okayed it.

Labor leader Merav Michaeli and Meretz ministers Nitzan Horowitz and Tamar Zandberg abstained in the vote. Michaeli later said the proposal should not have been brought before the cabinet, which has “a particular responsibility” for........

© The Times of Israel

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