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Education minister insists far-right lawmaker ‘has no authority’ over schooling

Likud MK Yoav Kisch chairs a Knesset Interior Affairs Committee meeting on July 12, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Likud MK Yoav Kisch chairs a Knesset Interior Affairs Committee meeting on July 12, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Education Minister Yoav Kisch says he remains in control of external programming at schools, insisting far-right Deputy Minister Avi Maoz has no role in his ministry.

“A thousand stories about Avi Maoz won’t help. He has no authority in the Education Ministry,” Kisch says during a briefing with reporters.

Maoz was due to be given powers over the Education Ministry unit responsible for approving and funding external programming vendors as part of the coalition deal between his anti-LGBTQ Noam party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, but the move has stalled since the government’s formation.

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