A month before the end of his term as Chairman of the Bank of Israel, Professor Amir Yaron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to decide what he will do next. While Netanyahu himself has remained silent on this issue, it is clear that he does not intend to renew Yaron’s contract for a second term.
With the outbreak of war, the government agreed to extend the terms of office for most heads of government agencies whose terms were set to expire in the near future. However, Professor 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 position regarding the impact of judicial reform on the country’s economy.