Elazar Stern and Oded Forer Sworn in to Knesset Replacing Shay Piron, Sharon Gal

Forer previously served as the director of the Immigrant Absorption Ministry; Stern joined Yesh Atid after leaving Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah.

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Elazar Stern during a press conference, January 2015.
Elazar Stern during a press conference, January 2015.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Elazar Stern and Oded Forer were sworn in to Knesset on Monday replacing Shay Piron and Sharon Gal who resigned last week from the Israeli parliament.

Forer, the former director-general of the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, number 7 on the Yisrael Beiteinu slate, is taking Sharon Gal's place. Gal, a former TV presenter and radio host, is known for his right-wing political views and was one of the main proponents of a bill that would allow the death penalty for terrorists convicted of murder.

Forer has joined Yisrael Beiteinu last January, and was welcomed by Lieberman as "both a talented person and a true patriot."

Yisrael Beiteinu's Oded ForerCredit: Tomer Appelbaum

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Elazar Stern, formerly of Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah is number 12 on the Yesh Atid slate. Stern is taking former Education Minister Shay Piron's place, who left Knesset for a senior education post.

Stern left Hatnuah before the general elections after Livni decided to run on a joint list with the Labor Party. Stern had criticized Livni for the merger and later joined Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid.

"I couldn’t join Livni in her move toward Labor since I’m more centrist or to the right," he said in a press conference in January.

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