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The search for someone to replace Isaac Herzog may now stretch until July, as none of the six remaining candidates are thought to meet the agency’s criteria

Judy Maltz
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Three candidates have dropped out of the race for the top job at the Jewish Agency in recent weeks, seemingly fed up with the long, drawn-out process, while one new name has been added to the list – leaving six candidates still in the running.

Yet sources close to the selection process say there is no consensus, or even near-consensus, on any one of them, raising the likelihood that the committee tasked with choosing the next chair of the executive will restart the process from scratch, and this time around submit its own candidate. According to Jewish Agency bylaws, nine of the 10 members of the selection committee must endorse a candidate for that candidate’s name to be submitted for final approval to the board of governors.

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