terry - Ofer Vaknin - July 20 2011
Moshe Terry Photo by Ofer Vaknin
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Moshe Asher, who was chosen by the Civil Service Commission's search committee as the only candidate for the head of the Israel Tax Authority, met on Monday and again yesterday with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. Steinitz may announce today if he will accept the committee's recommendation and appoint Asher as tax commissioner. A decision by Steinitz to upend the recommendation would cause an uproar in the treasury, say ministry sources.

But Steinitz is still considering appointing Moshe Terry, the former chairman of the Israel Securities Authority. Steinitz was presented with two legal opinions from the attorney general's office and the civil service commission that Terry does not meet the criteria of the tender for the position, including 10 years of experience in tax matters.

Finance Ministry officials told TheMarker yesterday that while certain legal officials found Terry did not meet the conditions of the tender, others could just as well find him to be the best candidate. A Steinitz decision to appoint Asher would render the issue moot, anyway, said treasury officials.

Steinitz's bureau said yesterday that all options are still open.