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January 6, 2020 11:00 am

Netanyahu Appoints Likud, Shas MKs to Ministerial Posts

avatar by Israel Hayom / JNS.org

Likud member David Bitan (center) attends the first election committee meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on Dec. 18, 2019. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

JNS.org – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday appointed several Knesset members to ministerial posts, after having resigned from his own ministerial posts following a petition to the Supreme Court.

Netanyahu named Likud MK David Bitan agriculture minister, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) as Diaspora affairs minister, Likud MK Yifat Shasha-Biton labor, welfare and social services minister and Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen construction and housing minister.

Bitan’s appointment is controversial as he is the subject of a bribery investigation. If indicted, Bitan will have to step down and Netanyahu will have to appoint another minister.

The Movement for Quality Government, an Israeli non-profit, launched a petition demanding that Netanyahu vacate his ministerial posts, resign as prime minister and appoint replacements following Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s decision in November to indict the prime minister for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three corruption inquiries.

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