Israeli Cabinet Holds First Meeting; Knesset Approves Formation of Defense, Coronavirus Cabinets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new cabinet has held its first meeting. Israel’s new cabinet consists of 36 ministers, the largest in its history, and because it was so large, the meeting was held at the Knesset’s Chagall Hall. That venue is usually only used for large ceremonies. At the beginning of the meeting Netanyahu said that the new unity government “represents all of the people of Israel.” He also said that the government would continue to work against the threat posed by the coronavirus. And, in response to earlier threats from Iran, Netanyahu said, the Iranians “will put themselves in a great danger” if they harm Israel. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

The Knesset also approved the formation of Israel’s new security cabinet, which will have 16 members, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Finance Minister Israel Katz, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn, and Minister in the Defense Ministry Michael Biton. Additionally, the Knesset approved the formation of a 14-member cabinet to address the coronavirus. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…