Netanyahu Ally Gilad Erdan Accepts Interior Ministry, Gives Up Offered UN Post

Netanyahu offered the position to the Likud minister after Gideon Sa'ar resigned in September.

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Gilad ErdanCredit: Olivier Fitoussi
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Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Tuesday that he has accepted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to take on the Interior Ministry portfolio, following the resignation of previous incumbent Gideon Sa'ar.

Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Former minister Sa'ar announced his intention to take a "time out" from politics in September, and his resignation became official on Sunday.

Erdan, a close ally of the prime minister, was offered the Interior Ministry portfolio soon after Sa'ar's initial announcement, and reportedly vacillated between the offer and a post as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.

Netanyahu has not yet announced who is to replace Erdan in the Communications Ministry, and is expected to hold the portfolio himself for the near future. The prime minister is also likely to refrain from appointing another Likud minister to fill the empty slot until after the party's primary election, in order to avoid a scenario of uprising from among disappointed Likud MKs.

Erdan will remain in the cabinet continue to hold the Israel Broadcasting Authority portfolio, along with promoting the reform plans in the Authority.

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