After Splitting From Left-wing Alliance, Levi-Abekasis to Head Newly Minted Ministry

Gesher leader will take position as community development minister ■ Agreement with Netanyahu's Likud says she will support annexation

Noa Landau
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Orli Levi-Abekasis at the inauguration of the Labor-Gesher party headquarters, Tel Aviv, December 31, 2019.
Orli Levi-Abekasis at the inauguration of the Labor-Gesher party headquarters, Tel Aviv, December 31, 2019.Credit: Moti Milrod
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

Orli Levi-Abekasis, a former Yisrael Beiteinu party lawmaker who ran with a left-wing alliance in the last Israeli election, joined the incoming Netanyahu-headed government on Wednesday night.

Levi-Abekasis will head the newly minted Community Development Ministry.

The coalition agreement with Likud released on Wednesday shows the Gesher leader committing to supporting Netanyahu's plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Levi-Abekasis advocates for socio-economic reform, which led her to leave her former home and create her own party in early 2019.

After running in the last two elections first only with the Labor party, and then within a broad left-wing alliance with Labor and Meretz, she broke away because she objected to a Gantz-led government that would rely on the votes of Arab party members.

Her new responsibilities will include, among other things, advancing projects in the Arab community.

The Labor party will also be part of the government, which, when it is sworn in on Thursday, will be the largest Israel has ever had.

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