Doron Almog has been nominated as the next chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, ending a more than year-long stalemate in which the semi-governmental body has been run by an interim head, after previous chairman Isaac Herzog was named president last year.
Numerous attempts to find a replacement for Herzog had failed as no candidate was able to get the nine out of 10 votes necessary to secure the nomination from the selection committee.
Almog, a former Israel Defense Forces general who now runs a widely lauded rehabilitation village in the Negev desert, is widely seen as a consensus candidate. He was chosen unanimously by the nominating committee, according to a Jewish Agency spokesperson.
Almog’s nomination will now need to be approved by the Jewish Agency board of governors at its plenary hearing next month, though this is largely a formality.