Education Minister Yoav Kisch’s effort to dismiss Yad Vashem director Dani Dayan is the result of a gripe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife has with the head of the national Holocaust memorial, Channel 12 news reports.
According to the report, which is unsourced, Sara Netanyahu was angered that Dayan invited singer Keren Peles to perform at the official ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in April. Netanyahu reportedly was upset with Peles for appearing in a “Handmaid’s Tale” outfit — which has become ubiquitous at demonstrations against the government’s judicial overhaul — during a concert in Tel Aviv.
The network says Dayan signed a contract with Peles months before her protest but things have been frosty since between him and the Prime Minister’s Office, leading to the push for his removal.
The premier’s office responded to the report by claiming it was false.