JERUSALEM (Sep. 26)
Simcha Dinitz, currently on a leave of absence as chairman of the Jewish Agency, was scheduled to go on trial this week for the alleged misuse of Jewish Agency credit cards.
Dinitz was indicted in February on charges of aggravated fraud and abuse of the public trust for allegedly charging personal expenses to Agency-issued credit cards and for failing to report and reimburse the expenses properly.
Dinitz took a paid leave of absence until the conclusion of his trial, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday, or until the end of the year.
He has agreed to retire if his case is not concluded by that time.
He has also said he plans to retire if he is exonerated before then, although he has reserved the right to remain in the post.
In Dinitz’ absence, Yehiel Leket has been serving as the acting chairman of the Jewish Agency.
He is a candidate to fill the post permanently if and when it becomes vacant.