The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Avi Dichter (Likud), held a special farewell meeting on Monday for its former chairman MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), who was recently appointed minister-without-portfolio.
Hanegbi first headed the committee in 2006, and over the past decade he has served as committee chairman in the 17th, 18th and 20th Knessets. The committee members wished him success in his new role and thanked him for his work as committee chairman throughout the years.
MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) said he is finding it hard to join the well-wishers because Hanegbi had recently accused him of leaking a classified document from the committee. Before Shelah elaborated, Minister Hanegbi stopped him and apologized. Shelah accepted the apology.
During the meeting, Hanegbi noted the complexity and uniqueness of the activity of the committee and its subcommittees. He stressed that since he first served as committee chairman, the number of subcommittees has doubled due to the many challenges that have surfaced.
Hanegbi added that, as opposed to other Knesset committees, which monitor the routine work of the government along with civil bodies and the media, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee deals with the confidential activities of the state.