David Elhayani, chairman of the Yesha Council umbrella organization representing local authorities in West Bank settlements, is stepping down after a tumultuous three-year term.
In his resignation letter, Elhayani cites “differences of opinion” over his leadership, referring to his direct affiliation with Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, a coalition partner in the outgoing government.
He cites his three years in power and “political developments and new elections” as his reasons for leaving, though it is unclear whether he is seeking a Knesset run.
Elhayani’s association with the current government has drawn fierce opposition to his leadership of the Yesha Council, which strongly backs the current opposition’s right-wing religious parties.
Just last month, dozens of members of the settlement’s local council signed a letter calling on him to resign after he backed a government position on the settlements that contradicted the opposition’s position, which was backed by many settler leaders.
The process of selecting a new Yesha Council President will begin at the organization’s next general meeting.