After firing head of Knesset defense committee, Gantz selects replacement

Defense Minister Benny Gantz plans to appoint MK Eitan Ginzburg to chair the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee as a replacement for MK Zvi Hauser of the breakaway Derech Eretz party, a day after Gantz announced that he was firing Hauser from the job.

Gantz, who leads the Blue and White party, said he was removing Hauser and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel from their posts as the two lawmakers have recently said they will join with Gideon Sa’ar, a rebel Likud MK who is planning to form his own new party.

Ginzburg’s appointment requires approval by the committee members and he will also remain as chair of the Knesset House Committee.

Blue and White MK Eitan Ginzburg attends a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on August 13, 2019. (Flash90)