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Gantz fires Derech Eretz MKs from their government posts

Blue and White chief to take over as communications minister for Hendel, seeks dismissal of Hauser as committee chair, after the two throw in their lot with Gideon Sa’ar’s party.

By TOI STAFF
December 14, 2020

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday announced he was dismissing Derech Eretz lawmakers Zvi Hauser and Yoaz Hendel from their government posts, after the two said they would join Gideon Sa’ar’s new party and soon resign from their positions if new elections are averted.

“Hauser and Hendel have chosen their new political home and their time holding positions on behalf of Blue and White has thus come to an end,” Gantz said in a statement.

Hendel’s firing as communications minister was effective immediately. Hauser’s removal as head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will take a bit more time, as it demands a vote in the Knesset and the appointment of a replacement.

Gantz’s office said he would take over for Hendel as communications minister.

There was no immediate reaction to the move from Hauser or Hendel.

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