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MK Amir Peretz Zionist Camp MK and Former Minister of Defense Amir Peretz in his Knesset office. Dec 07, 2017

The Israeli government cabinet has approved the appointment of former Labor party chair Amir Peretz as the new chairman of the board of Israel Aerospace Industries.

Former IAI board chairman Harel Locker stepped down from the post at the start of this year following his appointment as chairman of the Paz Oil Company.

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The approval came despite opposition from a Senior Appointments Advisory Committee, which voted against the nomination by Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

The cabinet decision was severely criticized by the Movement for Quality Government, who accused the ministers of “bypassing the professionals while ignoring their jobs.”

The advisory committee said the former Labor minister’s lack of experience in companies such as IAI, and his ties to Gantz, were reasons to oppose the appointment.

The government cabinet, however, ignored the committee’s decision, and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman approved the appointment.

Labor party leader Merav Michaeli abstained in the cabinet note, as did Meretz Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Meretz Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.