The Jewish Agency chairmanship selection committee decided Monday to allow new candidates to join until Nov. 17, in addition to the current eight contestants.
The selection committee rejected a request by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid for four additional months for the government to field a new candidate to replace Intelligence Services Minister Elazar Stern, who quit the race after a scandal last week.
Instead, the committee decided that not only Lapid but anyone can field a new candidate over the next month. The committee will then make its decision within a month.
Meanwhile, World Zionist Organization chairman Yaakov Hagoel will remain as acting Agency chairman, a post he has held since Yitzchak Herzog was elected president in July.
Stern’s departure left eight candidates: ANU museum director Irina Nevzlin, Yerushalayim Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nachum, Bar-Ilan University law professor Yaffa Zilbershats, and former MKs Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Danny Danon, Uzi Dayan, Michael Oren and Omer Yankelevich.