The Knesset chose Matanyahu Engelman as the next State Comptroller. Engelman, the candidate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was elected by a majority of 67 Knesset members, compared with 48 who voted for the opposition candidate Giora Romm. Five MKs abstained. When the results of the vote were announced, Netanyahu called Engelman and congratulated him on his election to the post. "People were impressed by your integrity and professionalism," Netanyahu told Engelman. "You will do a great job and I am sure that it will work for the benefit of the state and for the benefit of the citizens of Israel - without any other consideration."
Before the vote, Netanyahu spoke with MKs and asked them to vote for Engelman, and even convened the Likud faction to align. His associates said that "it ended with a great victory."
Engelman received his official appointment from the polling station in the office of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who said that he "wishes to congratulate the elected Knesset on behalf of the entire Knesset and that despite the political upheavals, I wish you these touches will be doctor's touches, correct and improve. Rest assured that with the rich record you have, you will be able to do this job. Your success is our success. "
Engelman said after Edelstein's remarks that "this is a great honor for me and my family, and the State Comptroller's Office is one of the cornerstones of the State of Israel, and I hope that I will fulfill my mission faithfully. In addition, he thanked the Prime Minister for his support "all the way" and to the Knesset members for their support.
The current state comptroller, retired judge Yosef Shapira, called Engelman to congratulate him on his election. The two agreed to meet and begin the process of transferring the position "in an orderly and useful manner" and that Shapira wished success to the chosen critic.
President Reuven Rivlin congratulated the new comptroller and said, "The institution of the State Comptroller is one of the most important and central institutions in Israeli democracy and its strength in its independence," Rivlin said. "The State Comptroller symbolizes an uncompromising commitment to the rule of law and effective and penetrating self-criticism, without fearless exile, a precious gift, a blessing for your important mission and a successful path for the state and its citizens."
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit also spoke with the State Comptroller-elect and wished him success in the new position. The attorney general emphasized the fruitful cooperation between the enforcement systems and the auditing system, a cooperation that will be maintained and will continue even now, in order to advance the rule of law and proper administration in the governmental systems.
photo: Yitzhak Harari, Knesset Spokesperson