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Regev, who is close to the storm and the appointment: the latest tension between the Minister of Transport and Balfour - Walla! news

2020-08-27T16:10:56.075Z

The minister's candidate for chairman of the Airports Authority was rejected, and Walla! NEWS learned that it intended to appoint acting mayor Ashdod Gabi Kanfo - who is affiliated with MK Gideon Saar. Regev Chamber: "Ms. Netanyahu does not deal with appointments and did not address the issue"



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Regev, who is close to the storm and the appointment: the latest tension between the Minister of Transport and Balfour

The minister's candidate for chairman of the Airports Authority was rejected, and Walla! NEWS learned that it intended to appoint acting mayor Ashdod Gabi Kanfo - who is affiliated with MK Gideon Saar. Regev Chamber: "Ms. Netanyahu does not deal with appointments and did not address the issue"

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Tensions have erupted in recent days between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his associate, Transportation Minister Miri Regev, over the appointment of the chairman of the Airports Authority. NEWS It was learned that Regev intended to appoint the acting mayor of Ashdod, Gabi Kanfo, in his place.

But while Regev is one of the Likud members closest to the prime minister and his wife, Knafo is identified with MK Gideon Saar's opposition camp, and also supported him in last year's Likud presidency. According to Likud sources, Prime Minister Sarah Netanyahu's wife heard of Regev's intention to appoint His wing, who even spoke out against Netanyahu in Saar's primaries campaign, and sent her angry messages and demanded that she return.

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The Airports Authority is subject to the Companies Act, which stipulates that a candidate for the position of chairman, CEO or director of a government company who has a political affiliation with government ministers must demonstrate "special skills" in the company's areas of activity. Therefore, the committee for examining the appointments in government companies, known as the Gilour Committee, did not approve the candidacy of Benlulo, also a veteran of the Likud in Ashdod, who served as an MK in the 16th Knesset and serves as head of the JNF delegation in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

The committee did not find that he had relevant experience or knowledge to manage the Airports Authority, which is responsible for operating civilian airports and is in charge of the aviation industry, which was particularly affected by the corona and is in the midst of the greatest crisis in its history.

Identified with Saar Camp. Knafo (Photo: From Gabi Knafo's Twitter)

Political sources told Walla! NEWS that Regev first considered circumventing the committee's decision and bringing Ben - Nullo's appointment to the government for approval, but eventually decided to make another attempt and submit his wing as a candidate. In the first phase, Knafo submitted an application to be appointed a director of the Airports Authority, which was approved earlier this month by the Appointments Review Committee. The committee determined that Knafo has special qualifications to serve as a member of RASHAT's board of directors, due to his experience in the field of logistics, which is a major area of ​​practice of the Airports Authority. Regev intended to nominate him as a candidate for chairman. However, following the opposition of Netanyahu and his entourage to the appointment, his candidacy may be dropped.

The Likud branch in Ashdod is one of the largest and most central in the country, with more than 4,000 functionaries. Regev is considered a very strong figure in the branch: in the last primaries for the Likud list, in February 2019, she came in second place and received close to a thousand votes there - a small gap from Yuli Edelstein who came in first place.

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Mayor Yehiel Lasri is one of the most powerful mayors in the Likud, and his wing, deputy and adviser have accompanied him since the beginning of his political career. Knafo is also very close to one of Regev's senior political advisers, Moshe Ben Zaken, also from Ashdod.

Lasri and Regev in Ashdod, April 2019 (Photo: Reuven Castro)

While Regev and Lasri are Netanyahu's devout supporters, Knafo was one of the first Likud officials to stand behind Saar in the Likud's primaries last December, and helped recruit mayors and other senior officials behind him. He was even interviewed in the media and went public on Twitter against the continuation of Netanyahu's tenure. "From the moment Netanyahu has an indictment, he has no possibility of forming a government. If the good of the state or the party is in front of his eyes, he should turn the party over to the other people," Knafo said in an interview with the Knesset channel.

Therefore, according to Likud sources, "in Balfour, they raged" over Regev's intention to reward one of Saar's loyalists and conveyed a sharp message of opposition to the appointment of someone who is not loyal to Netanyahu.

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The office of the Minister of Transportation, Regev, stated in response: Adv. Gabi Kanfo is not intended to serve as chairman of the Airports Authority, but as a member of the board of directors, and to our delight, he has passed the Gilor committee. The Prime Minister's wife, Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu, does not deal with appointments and therefore did not contact Sarah Regev at all on the subject. It is recommended that anonymous parties who disseminate false information stop engaging in lies and gossip. "On

behalf of Sarah Netanyahu, it was stated that" it was not and was not created. It is a pity that instead of covering Ms. Netanyahu's important activities on issues of cyberbullying and violence against women, you publish these lies. "

Knafo did not respond to Walla! NEWS 'request.

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