Sharansky is pick for Jewish Agency
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Sharansky is pick for Jewish Agency

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Natan Sharansky is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice to head the Jewish Agency.

Netanyahu will recommend to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors that the former prisoner of Zion be appointed as the agency’s next chairman, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office released Saturday night.

Sharansky, 61, now heads the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center Institute for International and Middle East Studies in Jerusalem.

Sharansky has served as a minister in several Israeli governments. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President George W. Bush in 2006.