Full Text Israel Political Brief May 15, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at first meeting of the 34th Government

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PM Netanyahu’s remarks at first meeting of the 34th Government

Source: PMO, 5-15-15

We will work with determination, responsibility and vigor in the face of attempts to test our borders and our security. We will continue to promote a diplomatic settlement while upholding the vital interests and security of the citizens of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Copyright: GPO/Avi Ohayon

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the first meeting of the 34th Governmentearlier today (Friday, 15 May 2015):

“Despite all the ups-and-downs we had to go through to reach this moment, I am still moved by the position and I am certain that you are too. From this moment on we must leave disagreements outside this room and focus on good work for the citizens of Israel – all citizens of Israel.

We will work with determination, responsibility and vigor in the face of all attempts to test our borders and our security from both near and far. Israel’s enemies must know that any threated directed at us has red lines. This has been our policy under previous governments and will be under the current government as well.

We will continue to promote a diplomatic settlement while upholding the vital interests and security of the citizens of Israel. At the same time and perhaps in assistance, we will try to realize the opportunity of regional developments and new possibilities of action with the moderate and responsible countries around us.

We will work to improve social welfare with emphasis on lowering the cost of living in general and housing costs in particular. We will work to continue to reduce the gaps in Israeli society. We will continue to link the Negev and the Galilee with the center and to strengthen employment there and throughout the country. We are attentive to the cry of immigrants from Ethiopia and their families and next week we will form a special ministerial committee, under my chairmanship, to deal with this problem. We are obligated to work for the good of all Israeli citizens and we will do everything we can to justify the confidence the nation has vested in us.

Now the time has come to roll up our sleeves and get to work. May our efforts be successful.”

The 34th Government of Israel

(Knesset website)

Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Communications, Minister of Regional Cooperation
Silvan Shalom – Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs

Ofir Akunis – Minister
Uri Yehuda Ariel – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
David Azoulay – Minister of Religious Services
Ze’ev Binyamin Begin – Minister
Naftali Bennett – Minister of Education, Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Danny Danon – Minister of Science, Technology, and Space
Aryeh Machluf Deri – Minister of the Economy, Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galil
Zeev Elkin – Minister of Immigration and Absorption
Avi Gabai – Minister of Environmental Protection
Yoav Galant – Minister of Construction
Gila Gamliel – Minister for Senior Citizens
Moshe Kahlon – Minister of Finance
Haim Katz – Minister of Welfare and Social Services
Yisrael Katz – Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy
Yariv Levin – Minister of Tourism, Minister of Internal Security
Miri Regev – Minister of Culture and Sport
Ayelet Shaked – Minister of Justice
Yuval Steinitz – Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water
Moshe Ya’alon – Minister of Defense

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Israel 34th Government Cabinet Members List

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The 34th Government of Israel

Ministers and Senior Officials

Source: MFA, 5-14-15

The new government of Israel headed by PM Benjamin Netanyahu was approved in the Knesset with 61 MKs voting in favor, and 59 opposed, and its ministers were sworn in on May 14, 2015.

President

Government Ministers

Senior Government Officials


34th Government Cabinet Members

Portfolio Minister Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Communications
Minister of Regional Cooperation
Minister of Health
Benjamin Netanyahu Likud
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely Likud
“Ministerial Post” in Communications Ofir Akunis Likud
Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara Likud
Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman United Torah Judaism
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel The Jewish Home
Minister of Construction Yoav Galant Kulanu
Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev Likud
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon Likud
Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben-Dahan The Jewish Home
Minister of Economy
Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
Aryeh Deri Shas
Minister of Education
Minister of Diaspora Affairs
Naftali Bennett The Jewish Home
Deputy Minister of Education Meir Porush United Torah Judaism
Deputy Minister of Education Meshulam Nahari Shas
Minister of Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz Likud
Minister of Environmental Protection Avi Gabai Kulanu
Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon Kulanu
Deputy Minister of Finance Yitzhak Cohen Shas
Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Minister of Strategic Affairs
Zeev Elkin Likud
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Interior
Silvan Shalom Likud
Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked The Jewish Home
Minister of Pensioner Affairs
Minister of Gender Equality
Gila Gamliel Likud
Minister of Religious Affairs David Azulai Shas
Minister of Science, Technology and Space Danny Danon Likud
Minister without Portfolio Benny Begin Likud
Minister of Tourism
Minister of Public Security
Yariv Levin Likud
Minister of Transportation
Minister of Intelligence[9]
Yisrael Katz Likud
Minister of Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz Likud

Security cabinet

Minister Party
Yuval Steinitz Likud
Naftali Bennett The Jewish Home
Yisrael Katz Likud

Committee chairs

Committee Chairman Party
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Yisrael Eichler United Torah Judaism
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Unnamed Shas
Science and Space Committee Unnamed United Torah Judaism
Finance Committee Moshe Gafni United Torah Judaism
Education Committee Unnamed Shas
Labor and Welfare Committee Unnamed Kulanu
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Ayelet Shaked The Jewish Home
Committee of Nuclear Energy Yuval Steinitz Likud
Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense
Coalition Chair
Tzachi Hanegbi Likud

Government agencies and special committees

Agency / Committee Chairman Party
Israel Land Administration Yoav Galant Kulanu
World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division Uri Ariel The Jewish Home
Israel Atomic Energy Commission Yuval Steinitz Likud

Israel Musings December 7, 2014: Netanyahu makes last-ditch effort to form new coalition to avert elections

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Israel Musings December 3, 2014: Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet minister

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Israel Political Brief March 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu names Moshe Ya’alon as defense minister, Gideon Sa’ar as interior minister

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Netanyahu names Ya’alon as defense minister, Sa’ar as interior minister

Source: Haaretz, 3-17-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held meetings on Sunday with Likud Knesset members and leading coalition partners to complete a last-minute cabinet shuffle, in advance of the swearing-in ceremony for Israel’s 33rd government on Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 17, 2012: Report: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to ask Cabinet to approve panel’s findings on legality of settlements

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Report: Netanyahu to ask Cabinet to approve panel’s findings on legality of settlements

Source: JTA, 10-17-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask his Cabinet to approve some of the conclusions of a report that says West Bank settlements are legal under international law….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the weekly Cabinet meeting

Source: PMO, 10-14-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“First, I would like to commend the IDF’s precise action in the Gaza Strip last night. Global Jihad has stepped up its efforts to attack us and we will continue to operate against it, aggressively and in strength, both in response and in preventive counter-terrorism.

At the same time, there are increasing attempts to carry out cyber-attacks on computer infrastructures in the State of Israel. Every day there are attempts, even many attempts, to infiltrate Israel’s computer systems. It was because of this that I established the National Cyber Bureau and it is working to block these attempts by developing what I would call a ‘digital Iron Dome’ for Israel to defend against computer terrorism. Just as we have Iron Dome against missiles and a security fence against infiltrators and terrorism – we will have a similar defense against cyber-attacks. But like building the fence, time is needed to complete it, and we are working on it nonstop.

Today we are marking the International Day of Older Persons. We will submit to the Cabinet a proposal to promote employment among older people. I believe that a job is the most social thing there is for people of all ages and I call your attention to the fact that over the past four years we have added over 300,000 jobs, an all-time record, and this was during a global economic crisis that has not only toppled economies, but has increased unemployment rates around the world. Even during the three month election period, we will continue to act responsibly in order to safeguard the economy and, most importantly, to maintain Israelis’ jobs and even add to them.

Today we will also declare Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev, to be a national priority community. We are investing very much in Be’er Sheva and in the rapid transportation routes to it, to link it with the center of the country and also allow it to develop. It is developing quickly with considerable momentum. I would like to take this opportunity to note that we have an excellent partner in Mayor Rubik Danilowitz, and I say to him, thank you very much. Thank you for your cooperation and we will continue to work together.

And to the students. I would like to say something to the 300,000 students who are starting the academic year: No government has contributed more to higher education than this one. We have invested billions in higher education and there has been a welcome change here, also amidst the great crisis. We have added, we have supported, we have developed, and we wish you a successful academic year.”

Israel Political Brief July 8, 2012: Israeli Government to Provide New Immigrant Students College Scholarships & Hebrew Language Schools

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Israeli government to support new immigrant students

Source: JTA, 7-8-12

Israel’s government has budgeted more than $10 million to provide college scholarships and Hebrew language schools to new immigrants.

The Cabinet decision Sunday to continue to financially support the Immigrant Absorption Ministry Student Authority is “ensuring the continuation of its joint projects with the Jewish Agency which, due to budgetary constraints, faced uncertain futures,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2012: Israel’s Cabinet dissolves Knesset — Calls new elections for September 4

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Israel’s Knesset dissolved, new elections called for Sept. 4

Source: JTA, 5-7-12

Israel’s Cabinet agreed to hold early elections for the 19th Knesset on Sept. 4.

The Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to submit a law for Knesset approval to hold the vote on that day.

New elections did not need to occur before October 2013, the official end of the current Knesset’s term.

“I would have been very happy if we could have completed the term, which was also my goal, but it is no secret that with the start of the government’s fourth year, the coalition is fraying somewhat,” Netanyahu said at the start of the Cabinet meeting. “It therefore seems to me that the right thing to do is to go for a brief election campaign.”

“We are proposing Sept. 4, after which, God and voters willing, we will receive a mandate, create stability and successfully lead the State of Israel in dealing with the great challenges we still face.”

Netanyahu said he intends to form “as broad a government as possible” following the upcoming elections. Current polling data shows that his Likud Party could garner up to 30 seats, up from its current 27, in the next election.

Netanyahu was embarrassed Sunday night at his party’s convention, where he had hoped to be elected president of the Likud Central Committee in order to determine who will be chosen to fill the new Knesset seats.

Hundreds of Central Committee members signed a petition calling for a secret ballot for the vote; an open vote reportedly would have increased the chances of Netanyahu being elected. Lawmaker Danny Danon will challenge Netanyahu for the position.

The vote for president of the Likud Central Committee was delayed. Likud primaries are expected to be held in early June.

Israel Political Brief April 22, 2012: Israeli Cabinet approves Hall of Names memorial for Israel’s fallen soldiers, terror victims on Mount Herzl

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Memorial to Israel’s fallen soldiers, terror victims gets go-ahead

Source: JTA, 4-22-12

Israel’s Cabinet approved the establishment of a memorial on Mount Herzl to Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

The Hall of Names memorial approved Sunday will list the 22,993 names of those who have been killed fighting in Israel’s declared and undeclared wars and those slain in terrorist attacks. The names of the dead will be inscribed on bricks.

Also Sunday, Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the graves of three soldiers who recently died while in uniform, including 2nd Lt. Hila Bezaleli, who was killed last week when the lighting scaffolding collapsed onto the stage set up during a rehearsal at Mount Herzl for the annual Memorial Day/Independence Day ceremony. Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Bezaleli’s parents.

The memorial hall, which is expected to cost nearly $11 million, also will serve as a venue for state ceremonies and official visits, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has been talking about a central hall to enshrine the memories of the fallen for decades and “the time has come to make a decision.”

“We are a people that overflows with memory,” he said. “We are doing this out of deep recognition of the contribution of the fallen, and I hope that such places will no longer be necessary.”

According to official figures released in advance of this week’s Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, the total number of fallen security personnel and terror victims from 1860 to 2012 stands at 22,993, with 126 killed since last  Remembrance Day. There are 10,524 bereaved families of security personnel, 2,396 orphans and 4,992 widows of the Israeli military and the defense establishment.

Cabinet Approves Establishment of Hall of Names for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars

Source: PMO, 4-22-12

The Cabinet today unanimously approved the establishment of a ‘Hall of Names’ for the fallen of Israel’s wars, in the military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, at a cost of approximately NIS 40 million.

The Hall of Names will, under one roof, enshrine the names of all those who have fallen in Israel’s wars and will serve as a venue for state ceremonies and official visits.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that, “We have no central hall to enshrine the memories of the fallen of Israel’s wars.  After decades of talking about it, the time has come to make a decision.  We are a people that overflows with memory.  We are doing this out of deep recognition of the contribution of the fallen, and I hope that such places will no longer be necessary.”

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