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Regev promotes close associate retired Yoram Halevi to chairman of the Airports Authority - Walla! News

2020-09-03T13:33:16.691Z

After her previous candidacy was disqualified, to Walla! NEWS It has been reported that the Minister of Transportation intends to appoint the former Jerusalem district commander, who was previously considered a leading candidate in the race for the position of commissioner, for the senior position.



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Regev promotes her associate retired Superintendent Yoram Halevi to the chairman of the Airports Authority

After her previous candidacy was disqualified, to Walla!

NEWS It has been reported that the Minister of Transportation intends to appoint the former Jerusalem district commander, who was previously considered a leading candidate in the race for the position of commissioner, for the senior position.

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Transport Minister Miri Regev's new candidate for the position of chairman of the Airports Authority is retired Yoram Halevi - Walla! NEWS has learned. Halevi, a former Jerusalem district commander, was a leading candidate for the position of police commissioner, and is considered Regev's favorite if she were appointed to the position. Minister of Internal Security.

According to political sources, she now intends to appoint him chairman of the Airports Authority, after her first candidate for the position was disqualified from the examination committee for appointments in the Government Companies Authority.



Halevi, who previously served as commander of the IDF, Blade 433, Border Police, Southern District and Jerusalem District, He served in the police force for more than 30 years and is considered one of the most prominent and promising officers in the organization. However, he retired about two years ago, after Gilad Ardan, the former Minister of Internal Security, chose not to appoint him commissioner in place of Roni Alshikh.

The saga of the race for commissioners was full of passions and conflicts, and included a sharp confrontation between Halevi and Alshikh. Halevi, who is considered a close and personal friend of Regev, was marked during this time as her and Balfour's preferred candidate for the next commissioner.

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Considered a preferred candidate by the Minister.

Retired Halevi (Photo: Yonatan Zindel, Flash 90)

Arden considered the possibility of appointing Halevy as commissioner, but in the end decided to nominate retired Chief of Staff Chico Edri as his candidate, after Attorney General ruled that Halevy's past disciplinary events would make it difficult to approve his appointment before the Goldberg Commission, which approves the senior appointments. And the identity of the Commissioner.



Edri's appointment was eventually disqualified from the Goldberg Commission, and at the end of 2018 Arden appointed Chief of Staff Moti Cohen as interim commissioner, who will soon complete two years in office. Throughout the election period, Regev, who aspired to be appointed Minister of Internal Security, pressured Arden not to appoint a commissioner To permanent and extend Cohen's temporary appointment until you accept the position.



After the election, Minister Amir Ohana accepted the Ministry of Internal Security, while Regev was appointed transportation.

Halevy's name was also mentioned as a potential candidate in the current race, but at the moment the appointment of the permanent commissioner has been suspended until further notice in light of the controversy over the political appointments in the coalition, and Acting Commissioner Cohen has announced that he will continue in office. Chairman of the Airports Authority.

Planned to appoint him commissioner. Regev (Photo: Reuven Castro)

Halevy will now have to undergo an examination by the Gilour Committee, to examine the appointments in the Government Companies Authority, which has already disqualified one of Regev's candidates for the position - former MK Danny Benullo. By law, a chairman of a government company with a political affiliation to one of the government ministers must demonstrate Special "in the areas of activity of the company.

The committee disqualified Benlulu, a veteran Likud activist from Ashdod, because it did not find that he had relevant experience or knowledge to manage the Airports Authority, which is in charge of the industry that was fatally damaged by the corona and is in the midst of the greatest crisis in its history.

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NEWS, Regev initially intended to appoint the acting mayor of Ashdod, Gabi Kanfo, close to Mayor Yehiel Lasri, one of the most powerful mayors in the Likud. Last month, the Gilor committee approved the appointment of Kanfo as a member of the Airports Authority's board of directors, and later Regev planned Appoint him chairman.



However, these plans met with strong opposition from the prime minister's entourage, in light of the fact that Knafo is considered a most prominent supporter of Netanyahu's rival, MK Gideon Saar, and also supported him in running against him in last year's Likud primaries. She heard about 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.

The chairman of the Airports Authority is a joint appointment of the Minister of Transportation and the Prime Minister, and political sources estimate that Netanyahu and his entourage will support Halevy's candidacy for the position. Among them, the



office of Transport Minister Regev stated: "We are not dealing with future appointments."



No response was received on behalf of retired superintendent Yoram Halevi.

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