Strategic affairs minister says he is inspecting shuttering personal ministry


Strategic Affairs Minister Michael Biton mentioned Wednesday he was exploring shuttering his ministry and folding it into different authorities places of work.

Mere weeks after taking the put up, Biton mentioned he’d determined to undertake the place of the ministry’s director-general Ronen Manelis, who introduced his resignation Wednesday, “to implement an orderly course of that can result in the merging of the ministry with different authorities ministries and government our bodies.”

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“I’m contemplating the assorted potentialities for implementing his advice,” tweeted Biton, a member of the Blue and White social gathering who took cost of the ministry on November 30.

Any transfer to shut down the ministry would require authorities approval.

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The Ministry of Strategic Affairs was shaped in 2006 for Yisrael Beytenu social gathering chief Avigdor Liberman and shuttered two years later, however was revived in 2009 for then-Likud minister Moshe Ya’alon. In 2015, the ministry was tasked by the federal government with main efforts to counter the boycott marketing campaign in opposition to Israel and the delegitimization of the Jewish state. That has been its focus ever since.

It was manned by Gilad Erdan in 2015-2020. Erdan departed to grow to be Israel’s ambassador to the UN earlier this 12 months with the formation of the brand new authorities, whereas Blue and White’s Orit Farkash-Hacohen turned minister. Farkash-Hacohen left after six months to grow to be tourism minister, leaving the job to Biton.

Manelis, a former IDF spokesman, was solely appointed director-general of the ministry in June.

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Then IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis speaks at Channel 12’s Leaders Convention in Tel Aviv on September 5, 2019. (Display seize/Channel 12)

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In his resignation letter Tuesday, Manelis mentioned he was stepping down as a result of “within the current framework I can’t execute my obligations as I interpret them.” He lamented that although Biton and Farkash-Hacohen had backed his proposal for reforming the ministry’s work, “the target circumstances that have been created” prevented the transfer from being applied.

Biton additionally at the moment serves as minister for civil and social affairs within the Protection Ministry.


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