Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s shareholders are to meet in November to approve a new board of directors, including Jason Greenblatt, the former chief lawyer to US president Donald Trump.

Greenblatt is one of six directors proposed for the board following the stock issue in September during which El Al underwent a change of major shareholder.

Kanfei Nesharim, with entrepreneur Eli Rozenberg at its helm, picked up nearly 43% of the Israeli airline and ousted Knafaim Holdings as the controlling influence at the carrier.

Greenblatt previously served with The Trump Organization as chief legal officer and, under the Trump administration, was appointed special representatives for international negotiations, with a particular focus on Middle East peace.

Trump disclosed in September last year that, after three years, Greenblatt was leaving the administration to “pursue work in the private sector”.

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Source: El Al

El Al states that the general meeting of shareholders is scheduled to take place on 17 November.

The board proposals include David Brodet, who appears set to serve as chairman of the airline.

Brodet had recently held the post of chairman for Israel’s Bank Leumi for several years, before retiring in July 2019. He has also served in multiple academic, financial and government positions.

Highly-respected legal specialist and academic Gabriela Shalev, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, has also been put forward for board membership.

El Al says the other three nominees comprise Amikam Ben Zvi, a former chair of the national Standards Institution of Israel, Moti Engelman, the head of executive jet operator Reut Airways, and finance and insurance specialist Doron Cohen.