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Lapid said seeking to delay Jewish Agency chief vote after Stern drops out

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (R) with MK Elazar Stern at a press conference in Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2015. (Ben Kelmer/FLASH90)
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (R) with MK Elazar Stern at a press conference in Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2015. (Ben Kelmer/FLASH90)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is seeking to delay the appointment of a new Jewish Agency chairman, after his candidate withdrew from the race amid a controversy, according to Hebrew media reports.

Lapid asks the nominating committee for more time to pick a new candidate. The decision is currently set to be made on October 24.

The request comes after Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern of Yesh Atid announced that he was withdrawing his bid to head the Jewish Agency following and outcry over comments he made earlier this week suggesting he had ignored sexual harassment complaints during his time as head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate, and claims made by a number of women saying that Stern had warned them not to repeat rape and sexual harassment claims that they brought to him against officers.

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni is considering joining the race to head the Jewish Agency, as several members of the agency’s nominating committee are considering selecting a woman to head the organization for the first time in its history, The Times of Israel has learned.

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