While the new Israeli government has been in office for a little over a week, details of cabinet members, political coalitions and alliances continue to unfold and spark global interest.
Meet Israel's new government.— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) June 14, 2021
9 women, including 3 members of the security cabinet
6 kippah-wearing observant Jews
1 Muslim Arab
1 gay man
The oldest is 74
The youngest is 37
Mazal tov! 🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/j98mqcfnON
There is no doubt that 2021 has been an intense year in for Israeli politics, whether in terms of the country's 4th elections in 2 years, that took place last March, the new government that has ousted the longest-serving Prime Minister, or the growing global discontent with Israeli policies towards Palestinians, especially in the wake of May tensions in East Jerusalem and Gaza.
Still, details of the new Israeli government that was formed by current Prime Minister and right-wing figure Naftali Bennett in addition to the former journalist and centrist politician Yair Lapid are also triggering online conversations.
Out of 27 ministers serving in this government, 9 are women. And out of the 9 female ministers, 5 are of Arab origins.
1. Ayelet Shaked
Israhell's new Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. And her friends: pic.twitter.com/YmTskkRX8R— Monkfish/아귀 #savesheikhjarrah #savesilwan (@eerdvark) June 19, 2021
2. Meirav Cohen
Yesh Atid chairman: Meirav Cohen is joining us today because only a big and strong Yesh Atid will guarantee a new government. https://t.co/chLw4rTxj9— Arutz Sheva (@ArutzSheva_En) January 5, 2021
The new Minister for Social Equality in Israel was born to two immigrants from Morroco and is a member of the centrist Blue and White political party. She is the youngest in the Israeli cabinet being only 37 years old.
3. Yifat Shasha-Biton
Meet Yifat Shasha-Biton, Israel's new education minister.— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) June 16, 2021
An educator with a PhD from the University of Haifa, Biton was vice president of Ohalo College in the Golan Heights town of Katzrin prior to becoming deputy mayor of Kiryat Shmona in 2008.https://t.co/qtaXMz0zxr pic.twitter.com/keTVdZHupo
A member of the national-liberal New Hope political party, Shasha-Biton is the new Minister of Education in Israel. Her mother is a nurse from Morocco while her father had immigrated from Iraq.
4. Orna Barbivai
Orna Barbivai from Blue+White Party (Gantz/Lapid) when asked about a 2-state solution, nodded positively, answering: "we are saying that for our good, meaning for the good of Israel, we need to separate from the Palestinians." She also stressed need to revise Nation-State law. pic.twitter.com/sTuJrkXyLY— Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) March 4, 2019
The new Israeli Minister of Economy representing the Blue and White party. She was the first woman to be made Major-general. She was born to a Jewish father who had immigrated from Iraq while her mom comes from Romania.
5. Karen Al-Harrar
The new Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources was born to Moroccan Jewish parents, and she is the first Israeli minister with a disability due to her suffering from muscular dystrophy.
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