Netanyahu Appoints Himself Israel's Diaspora Minister

The prime minister, who has been acting diaspora minister since June, also holds the defense, health and labor, social affairs and social services portfolios

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks after being tasked by President Reuven Rivlin with forming a new government, during a press conference in Jerusalem, September 25, 2019.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been appointed diaspora affairs minister, his office announced, adding to the list of portfolios he already holds as minister of defense and health and acting minister of labor, social affairs and social services.

Naftali Bennett, who previously held the diaspora affairs portfolio, was informed in June that his tenure was coming to an end, and Netanyahu has been serving as acting diaspora affairs minister since. 

Netanyahu will meet with Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz Sunday, as Gantz attempts to form a governing coalition after Netanyahu was unable to do so.

The two party leaders will meet at the Tel Aviv Governmental Complex at 5:30 P.M., a joint statement by Likud and Kahol Lavan said.

Women covered with prayer shawls pray at the Western Wall, 2013.

Gantz is reportedly not working toward establishing a minority government with either the ultra-Orthodox or the the Joint List alliance of Arab-majority parties, and is continuing to attempt to form a broad unity government with Netanyahu's Likud.