The High Court on Thursday dismissed a request by the Journalists' Union to put a hold on the appointment of Yoni Ben-Menachem as chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. The appointment was made last week, and the Court rejected a demand to suspend Ben-Menachem's appointment. The court said that the appointment would be discussed in depth next week, and all parties were welcome at that time to present their arguments. Until then, the Court said, there was no reason for Ben-Menachem not to begin working as IBA chairman.
The petition charges that Ben-Menachem is not fit for the job because he is a “political appointment of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.”