Following the fiascoes where Netanyahu’s preferred choices for Bank of Israel governors were disqualified or pulled out, after outside forces put pressure on them and exposed some old histories, the Turkel Committee vetted and approved three new candidates for the job, according to Globes.
Retired judge, Yaakov Turkel, called Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday, and informed him that there were no moral or ethical impediments for any of the three current candidates to get the job. The committee reviewed many complaints against all three, by their various critics and detractors.
Netanyahu is expected to announce his choice, either right before, or right after Yom Kippur.
Netanyahu’s preferred candidate is Professor Mario Blejer. He is a former Governor of the Argentine Central Bank. Blejer has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a school which Netanyahu highly admires.
Candidate number two is Professor Zvi Eckstein, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel under former Bank of Israeli governor Stanley Fischer. Fischer did not back Eckstein’s candidacy.
Candidate number three is Victor Medina. He was also a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel.