MKs Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) and Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beytenu) tendered their resignation from the Knesset Wednesday, announcing that they would return to their former careers in education and journalism.
Piron’s resignation had been expected for months, since Yesh Atid decided against joining the coalition and it became clear that Piron would not return to the cabinet, where he served as education minister in the previous government. Gal’s departure was more of a surprise, because he was only in politics for nine months.
"It is not easy to leave the Knesset, because being an MK was a dream come true," Piron said at a press conference in the parliament. "My grandparents who were Holocaust survivors could not have known they’d have grandchildren, let alone a member of Knesset and a minister. Being a Knesset member is a privilege."