Netanyahu to offer Likud MK (Benny Begin?) Ambassadorship to the United States - UPDATED UNITED NATIONS
פרסום ראשון: נתניהו צפוי להציע את תפקיד שגריר ישראל באו"ם לאחד מחברי הכנסת של הליכוד ובכך לדלל את רשימת המאוכזבים.The tweet above in Hebrew comes from a Knesset Channel correspondent, who claims that Prime Minister Netanyahu will offer Ron Dermer's position as Ambassador to the United States to a Likud MK, in order to allow another MK into the Knesset, and 'dilute the list of disappointed' candidates.
— Yaron Avraham (@yaronavraham) March 22, 2015
Some of you might recall that the Obama administration named replacing Dermer as the price of reconciliation for Netanyahu with Washington.
The comments to the tweet include much speculation that the MK in question is Miri Regev, who served as IDF spokesperson before becoming an MK, but whose English language skills may or may not be up to snuff. She was number 5 on the Likud list. Another MK mentioned in Gilad Erdan, but given that he was a minister in the last government, that seems hard to believe.
I don't know who is number 31 on the Likud list (you can find the first 30 here). But my bet is that it's Benny Begin. His English is fluent. He's number 11 on the Likud list - probably not in line for a senior ministry. He's an elder statesman already. He didn't want to run for the Knesset - Netanyahu begged him to run because he wanted him on the list. And it would be very difficult for the Obama administration to reject the man whose father signed the Camp David accords.
Just my humble speculation....
UPDATE 2:56 PM
Thanks to commenter Hutzpan for pointing out that there was a typo in the English language tweet from which I found this story, and that the MK is being offered the Ambassadorship to the United Nations and not to the United States.
So you can change the first paragraph above to read as follows:
The tweet above in Hebrew comes from a Knesset Channel correspondent, who claims that Prime Minister Netanyahu will offer Ron Prosor's position as Ambassador to the United Nations to a Likud MK, in order to allow another MK into the Knesset, and 'dilute the list of disappointed' candidates.
And then you can delete the second paragraph and delete the last sentence of the fourth paragraph.
I still think it's Begin.