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Israel Katz becomes Jerusalem’s top diplomat

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The Likud Party member replaces Eli Cohen, who will take up the Energy and Infrastructure portfolio.


The Knesset approved on Monday evening the appointment of Israel Katz as foreign minister.

Under a rotation agreement, the Likud Party member replaces, effective immediately, Eli Cohen as Jerusalem’s top diplomat.

Cohen, also a Likud member, will replace Katz as energy and infrastructure minister and continue to serve in the high-level Security Cabinet.

Katz, 68, the son of Romanian Holocaust survivors, first ran for Knesset in 1996 and previously served as foreign minister from February 2019 to May 2020. He has also held the Agriculture, Transport, Finance and Intelligence portfolios.

Katz has served as energy and infrastructure minister since the Netanyahu-led government came to power in December of last year.

Image: Energy and Infrastructure Minister Israel Katz arrives for a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, May 7, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

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