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Lapid taps new candidate for Jewish Agency chief as race tightens

Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon attends a Yesh Atid faction meeting in the Knesset on February 10, 2014. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon attends a Yesh Atid faction meeting in the Knesset on February 10, 2014. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid puts forward a new name for the future head of the Jewish Agency: former Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon.

“Dr. Ruth Calderon is a role model who can represent us at the Jewish Agency with her deep knowledge of Jewish history and the challenges of the future,” says Lapid.

The committee that selects the next head — to replace now-President Isaac Herzog — has begun inviting potential contenders to interviews for the job.

Those who have received a call to face the selection committee are Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, who is co-founder of the UAE-Israel Business Council; former Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon; former diaspora minister Omer Yankelevich; former Kulanu MK and ex-Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren; and former Blue and White MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh.

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