Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tapped Likud’s former coalition whip to head up the powerful Knesset Arrangements Committee, a move enabled by the premier having been chosen by President Rivlin to form a coalition.
The Arrangements Committee, the first in the Knesset to be formed after an election, determines which parliamentary committees will be formed and who will sit on them. Crucially, it also controls the legislative schedule in the new parliament until a new government is formed.
Likud takes control of the committee since it must be chaired by the party of the current PM-designate.
Zohar is a close ally of Netanyahu who has defended him forcefully amid legal troubles, often going after state institutions such as the state prosecution and the High Court of Justice and backing the prime minister’s claims that he is the victim of a witch hunt.
In 2019, he submitted legislation aimed at granting the prime minister immunity from prosecution.