Government kicks off as ministers eye legislation and announce appointments.
After yesterday’s swearing-in, the new “change government” is starting its work, with several appointments announced and new ministers holding initial work meetings with ministry officials.
Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid has appointed a director general of his office, as has Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana, and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman has held a work meeting with his staff.
Additionally, many ministries will hold ceremonies marking the passing of the baton to new ministers today.
Benjamin Netanyahu will meet his replacement, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, at 1:30 p.m. for a work meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.
The meeting is set to last for about an hour.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz sends a proposal to establish a governmental committee of inquiry into the Meron disaster in April that left 45 people dead.
Gantz has sent a letter and the request to the cabinet secretary, in alignment with the coalition deals that were signed by the new government mandating such an inquiry.
“This is a moral and ethical debt to the families [of the victims], and no less so, a need to investigation and to prevent tragic events like these in the future,” Gantz writes in the letter.
Header: New ministers take a traditional government photo with the president at Reuven Rivlin’s official residence in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021. (Screenshot: Channel 12)