Following the resignation of Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern, the race to elect the next chairman of the Jewish Agency is heating up, and the struggle for the important position has entered the final line.
The enrichment committee, which will elect the next chairman of the agency, is currently interviewing all the candidates in preparation for a decision on the identity of the new chairman of the Jewish Agency before its election by the Board of Trustees, which is expected to convene on October 24. The selection committee is headed by Yaakov Hagoel, chairman of the World Zionist Organization, who has served since the end of the post of former Jewish Agency chairman Yitzhak Herzog, who was elected president in July this year, as acting chairman of the Jewish Agency. Today "because Hagoel has been doing an excellent job in recent months, he is very approachable, makes decisions, and manages the two largest Jewish organizations in an impressive way.
The national institutions stated that Hagoel had been offered the job of chairman of the Jewish Agency, but he refused and clarified that he did not intend to run for the post. And two more from Keren Hayesod, and the winner will need the support of nine of them.
Unusually, no less than eight candidates, five women and three men, came to the decisive moments, considering themselves suitable to lead the Jewish Agency for the next four years.
After the committee interviewed several candidates through the zoom, it appears that there is currently no candidate winning the support of nine committee members.
It is not inconceivable that the decision on the identity of the next chairman of the Jewish Agency will be delayed until a candidate is found, who will receive the support of nine of the ten members of the selection committee.
At this stage, the leading candidates for the position are Danny Danon, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN and Chairman of the World Likud; Irina Nevzlin, daughter of oligarch Leonid Nevzlin and wife of former Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who serves as chair of the Jewish People Museum "We"; Another prominent candidate is former Diaspora Minister Omar Yankelevich, the candidate of Blue and White headed by Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, who is promoting her candidacy.
After Stern retires from the race, Yankelevich will try to be the agreed-upon candidate for the coalition; Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States, is also working to advance his candidacy, which is gaining momentum. Other candidates are Maj. Former Member of Knesset Advocate Michal Kotler-Wench, daughter of Prof. Erwin Kotler, who was Canada's Minister of Justice; Fleur Hassan-Nahum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, who succeeded as a member of the Jerusalem City Council. Another candidate is Prof. Yaffa Zilbershtz, chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education.
If a candidate does not receive nine votes out of the ten votes of the voting members, the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Agency may prefer to promote the candidacy of a woman, who will be the first to serve in the significant position.
The elected chairman of the Jewish Agency will work to promote the unity of the Jewish people, including a mutual rapprochement between Diaspora Jewry and Israel.