Compelled by Court, Netanyahu's Cabinet Approves Five New Permanent Members

The cabinet was slated to convene Sunday to approve the ministerial appointment, however the meeting was canceled after a national day of mourning was declared in wake of the Mount Meron disaster

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, last month
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, last monthCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to the High Court of Justice, the cabinet approved Monday morning the appointments of five ministers, after the politicians holding the posts quit during the last election round.

The cabinet ministers approved the appointment of lawmaker Eitan Ginzburg to the post of communications minister, Chili Tropper to the Science and Technology Ministry, Michael Biton to the Social Equality Ministry, Yoav Gallant to the Higher Education Ministry and Yuval Steinitz as water minister.

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With the exception of Ginzburg, all these appointments will be temporary, lasting for up to three months, as mandated by law.

Defense Minister and Acting Justice Minister Benny Gantz, last weekCredit: Hadas Parush

Last week, the court froze the appointment of Likud’s Ofir Akunis to the Justice Ministry, leading Netanyahu to concede to his political rival and allow Benny Gantz to serve as justice minister. Under orders from the court that the remaining ministerial positions could not remain unfilled, Netanyahu committed to fill them no later than 4:00 P.M. on Monday.

The cabinet was slated to convene Sunday to approve the ministerial appointment, however the meeting was canceled after a national day of mourning was declared in wake of the Mount Meron disaster.

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