Knesset Coalition Chairman resigns in light of investigation

Today, Knesset Coalition Chairman David Bitan announced his resignation in light of the ongoing investigation against him. MK David Amsalem will replace him.
Bitan and Netanyahu Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90

In light of the ongoing investigation against him, MK David Bitan announced his resignation as coalition chairman today (Wednesday). Bitan thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his trust and support. Likud MK David Amsalem will replace him.

"This morning, I asked the prime minister to relieve me of my duty as the coalition chairman," Bitan wrote. "The existing situation is impairing my functionality and I don't want to harm the work of the coalition."

At this stage, Bitan will not resign from the Knesset. His continued tenure as an MK prevents the police from arresting him and grants him immunity from searching his home. "I will continue to serve as a member of Knesset for the Likud party," he added. "I will do all that I can to continue to represent the public that has placed its trust in me."

Bitan is suspected of bribery, money laundering, corruption and breach of trust from his time as the mayor of Rishon LeZion. Over 15 city officials were questioned as part of the affair. Earlier this week, the Israel Police offered one of the suspects to become a state witness.



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