Haifa mayor to Netanyahu: I will not violate the agreement

Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch reportedly speaks with PM, rejecting call not to appoint deputy mayor investigated for supporting terror groups.

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Einat Kalisch
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The mayor of Haifa, Einat Kalisch Rotem, spoke Sunday with Prime Minister Netanyahu after he said that he had been looking for her this morning.

Channel 10 quoted officials as saying that she rejected Netanyahu's demand not to appoint a member of Haifa's city council from the Hadash party as a paid deputy mayor, after the candidate publicly expressed support for terrorist organizations.

According to the officials, Kalisch explained to Netanyahu that the agreements were coalition agreements and that she did not intend to violate them. "Za'tara will take office only in two and a half years, according to the agreement with his faction."

Earlier this morning, Netanyahu addressed the issue of appointing Haifa City Councilor Raja Za'tara as a paid deputy mayor amid reports that he had expressed support for terrorist organizations.

“This morning before the meeting, I sought out Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch in order to ask her to cancel the appointment of a deputy mayor who supports Hezbollah and Hamas, which have declared their intention to destroy the State of Israel.

“I hope that she will respond. I am pleased that our colleague [Interior Minister] Aryeh Deri has already begun to deal with the matter and I know that many others have also expressed their views. This is unacceptable; therefore, I am convinced that it will not happen,” Netanyahu said.