Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that he intends to step down from his position.
Netanyahu reportedly thanked Hauser for his service over the last four years, according to Army Radio, and he asked the cabinet secretary to stay on until a replacement could be brought up to speed.
Hauser, who began working with Netanyahu 20 years ago as a media consultant, had made it clear from the outset that he would only serve for one Knesset term.
Despite the semblance of a non-scandal, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday that Hauser may have been pushed out of his position in light of his closeness to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, whose relationship with the prime minister has been tense since elections on January 22. Sa’ar ran the Likud-Beytenu election campaign, which saw the allied list garner only 31 seats, 11 fewer than the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu held between them in the outgoing Knesset. Sa’ar also reportedly discomfited Netanyahu because his supporters kept referring to him as Israel’s next prime minister.
On Tuesday, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer made the surprise announcement that he was resigning his post, after eight years of service and two years shy of the end of his second term.
Israel has “financial stability,” the governor said, but “serious challenges” await, especially in reducing government bureaucracy in order to make Israel a better place to do business and attract investment.
Gabe Fisher contributed to this report.