MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) was elected Monday as the new chairman of the House Committee. He will be replacing outgoing Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud), who will serve as chairman of the coalition. Bitan, who opened the meeting by recommending that the committee elect Kisch as its new chairman, will remain a member of the House Committee.

Following the vote, Kisch thanked Bitan and said ”we will continue to advance, together, the important steps you initiated.”

MK Kisch named House Committee chairman

(MK Yoav Kisch, archives)

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, who was present during the vote, wished Kisch success and said ”you have gained a lot of experience during this period, and I am certain that you will continue the good work, in cooperation with MK Bitan and all of us. My door is always open for a consultation or a friendly chat, on behalf of the committee and for the benefit of the House and the entire Israeli public.”

Edelstein thanked Bitan and said ”It took us a while to adjust to your direct style, but we learned very quickly to appreciate you and the great amount of work that you do.” The Knesset speaker also thanked MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who is stepping down as coalition chairman in order to assume a ministerial portfolio. ”I am certain that, in the government as well, you will do good things for the sake of the people of Israel,” he said. ”Despite the difficulties, you managed to pass important laws.”

MK Kisch, a lieutenant colonel in the IDF reserves, is an F-16 fighter pilot. He has a degree from the INSEAD graduate business school. During his tenure as an MK, he has also served as a member of the Science and Technology Committee and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, where he headed the Subcommittee for IDF Personnel.