At its meeting Tuesday, the Israeli Cabinet approved the composition of the Ministerial Committee for National Security Affairs – the Political-Security Cabinet.
The cabinet members will be: Prime Minister and Committee Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant, Justice Minister Yariv Levin, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Interior Minister and Health Minister Aryeh Deri, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Transportation Minister Miri Regev, Energy Minister Israel Katz and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Avi Dichter.
In addition, the government approved the composition of the Ministerial Committee for Israel Security Agency (ISA), headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Committee members: Minister of Justice and Deputy Committee Chairman Yariv Levin, Defense Minister Yoav Galant, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Education Minister Yoav Kisch.
Prior to that, the appointments of the following deputy ministers were approved: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, MK Avi Maoz. Minister in the Ministry of the Interior and Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health, MK Moshe Arbel. Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, MK Moshe Abutbul. Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Culture and Sport, MK Yaakov Tessler. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Transport, MK Uri Maklev, and Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Finance, MK Michal Waldiger.
Two appointments of Knesset Members May Golan and Almog Cohen, who were supposed to be appointed deputy ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office, were not submitted for approval. This is due to the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu appointed four deputies in his office while the law allows for the appointment of only two.
The far-right Likud is examining the possibility of assigning Knesset members as deputies in other ministries or changing the law in a way that will make it possible to appoint them deputy ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office in the near future.