The Knesset Plenum approved Monday evening the government`s request to appoint Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the permanent Economy Minister, this after three months in which he served as acting Economy Minister following Shas leader Aryeh Deri’s resignation. Fifty MKs supported the government`s request, and 46 opposed it.
PM Netanyahu also serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Communications and Minister of Regional Cooperation.
”Netanyahu’s paranoia, which makes him keep all these ministerial positions to himself and to harm the work in these ministries due to his whims and personal interests, is costing us an unbearably high price,” said MK Merav Michaeli from the Zionist Camp. ”Mr. Prime Minister, relieve yourself of some roles so that you might have the time to do your job.”
PM Netanyahu (archives)
MK Dov Khenin (Joint List) said: ”What hutzpah this government has to ask the Knesset to continue the term of a minister who does not come to the Knesset to report. The Economy Minister is focused on promoting the interests of the tycoons; for this purpose he stayed on as Economy Minister. The government must appoint a real Economy Minister.”
MK Elazar Stern of Yesh Atid also criticized the appointment, saying ”The citizens of Israel look at us and are ashamed. How will the Minister of Economy have the time to debate the findings of the study that was published yesterday regarding the pollution in Haifa?”
MK Orly Levi-Abekasis (Yisrael Beitenu) told the plenum that ”in a country where the prime minister is so busy – and the prime minister himself says he is extremely busy and does not sleep – then what happens with all the other positons he holds? He is creating the sense that all the other ministers are not doing anything in their offices.”