Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu appointed a new Minister of Internal Security and replaced the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday.
MK Gilad Erdan, the Likud party no. 2 man, who previously refused to enter Netanyahu’s new government without receiving the MFA portfolio or Internal Affairs portfolio, is set to be sworn in as the new minister of Internal Security, Strategic Affairs and Advocacy (Hasbara).
According to publications in local media, the agreement that brought Erdan into the government will see an expansion of authorities for the Internal Security Ministry and an increase of funding by millions of dollars.
Additionally on Monday, Netanyahu dismissed current Director General of the MFA, Nissim Ben-Shetrit, and appointed Dore Gold in his stead. Gold is a veteran Israeli Diplomat who served as Israel’s envoy to the UN and as Netanyahu’s Foreign Policy Advisor in the past.
The PM’s Media advisor issued a statement to that effect saying “Prime Minister Netanyahu met this morning (Monday) with Foreign Ministry Director General Nissim Ben-Shetrit, thanked him for his service and suggested that he continue in the diplomatic arena.”
Tazpit News Agency