The antitrust commissioner fills a very important role - this is the person charged with fighting economic concentration in an economy where power is already concentrated in the hands of 10 to 20 families and groups.

You'd think that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appointed a committee to limit the Israeli economy's concentration, would understand the importance of keeping the appointment process transparent and professional. If he does so, that will be an indication he really plans to take up arms against big business to make Israel a more competitive place.

Therefore, he should let the industry and trade minister be the one who decides on an antitrust candidate, and not insist on playing a role in the process himself. The candidate needs the approval of the cabinet, including Netanyahu. Aside from this, Netanyahu should not have special standing.