Political sources told Arutz Sheva, Tuesday, that a deal between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Chairman Ya'ir Lapid of the Yesh Atid party will allow Likud-Beytenu Member of Knesset Tzahi Hanegbi to be the next chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In exchange, the prime minister gave his support to criminal sanctions against those who avoid military service.
The deal breaks a deadlock over the selection of Hanegbi or Knesset Member Ofer Shelah of Yesh Atid to the important committee chairmanship. Under the deal, Shelah will have the chair, but only toward the end of the current Knesset term. The position has been vacant since November, when former chairman Avigdor Liberman became foreign minister, reducing parliamentary oversight over Israel's security establishment.