As the term of Bank of Israel Chairman Professor Amir Yaron nears its end, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to decide what his next move will be. Despite Netanyahu’s own silence on the matter, it is clear that he wants someone else in this role.
In light of the ongoing conflict, the government recently agreed to extend the terms of office for most heads of government agencies whose terms were set to expire in the near future. However, Yaron made it clear that he was not interested in a short-term extension of his first term.
On Sunday, November 19th, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich publicly called on Netanyahu to announce Yaron’s resignation for a full second term. Smotrich had previously expressed dissatisfaction with Yaron’s stance regarding the impact of judicial reform on the country’s economy.