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Settler council chairman to step down

Avi Roeh, who has led the Yesha umbrella organization since 2013, will continue to serve as head of the Binyamin Regional Council

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Yesha Council head Avi Roeh speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem on March 2, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yesha Council head Avi Roeh speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem on March 2, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The chairman of the Yesha Council will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month, the umbrella organization for West Bank settlements announced Sunday.

Avi Roeh, who took on the post in 2013, will continue to function as chairman of the Binyamin Regional Council as he has for nearly a decade.

Confirming the resignation, a senior Yesha official told The Times of Israel that Roeh had already served four years in what he described as a complex role, particularly demanding for someone simultaneously acting as a regional council chairman.

Roeh replaced settler leader Dani Dayan, who now serves as Israel’s consul general in New York.

In a letter to Yesha Council members, Roeh said a new chairman will be chosen at the next leadership meeting to be held later this month.

In a tweet following the announcement, Yesha’s chief foreign envoy, Oded Revivi, mayor of the Efrat settlement, thanked Roeh for his service, adding that he led the organization during a “challenging period.”

Revivi has been among those mentioned as a possible replacement for Roeh.

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