August 18, 2013
Daniel Seaman (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)Despite having beensuspended over a series of inappropriate Facebook posts, the designatedchief of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new social media advocacydepartment has not been fired from his current job and might still end upbeing promoted.Daniel Seaman, who formally still serves as the deputy director-general of the defunct Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, was tapped lastmonth to become senior director for interactive media within the PrimeMinister’s Office. Following international media reports about offensiveFacebook posts — one of which caused a minor diplomatic incident with anallied country — he was told to desist from making any further publicstatements or posts on social media platforms. However, he was not firedand might still get to serve in the newly created position.
His words are unacceptable and do not express the position of thegovernment of Israel. He was instructed to immediately cease making suchstatements,” the National Information Directorate said in a statementregarding Seaman’s offensive posts, which have targeted Christians groups,Palestinians and Japanese, among others.Over the weekend, Seaman, who had been told weeks ago to stop postinginappropriate statements, deleted the Facebook profile on which he hadposted the offensive posts.As of Sunday, Seaman’s professional future was unclear, according tosources familiar with the case, since an internal investigation into hisbehavior is ongoing and a decision is forthcoming. As a tenured civil servant