Upon approval of the composition of its new security cabinet, the new Israeli government successfully carried out a swearing-in ceremony, three days after its appointment. A special arrangement was made for Shirley Pinto, the country’s first deaf Knesset member, who took her oath in sign language.
As it stands, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will preside over the cabinet, which will include Foreign Minister Yair Lapid; Defense Minister Benny Gantz; Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman; Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar; Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked; Transportation and Road Safety Minister Merav Michaeli; Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev; Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz; Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton; Housing and Construction Minister Ze’ev Elkin; and Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana.
During the same ceremony, the new government also approved the establishment of a ministerial committee on foreign service appointments. The committee’s new members include Lapid; Sa’ar; Culture and Sports Minister Yehiel Tropper; and Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana.
Apart from the cabinets, this week, 11 new lawmakers were sworn in within the framework of Israel’s controversial “Norwegian Law,” which allows any Knesset member appointed to a cabinet post to step down temporarily from the Knesset, thereby permitting the next candidate on the party’s slate to enter parliament in their stead. Under this law, Yamina Party MK Shirley Pinto became Israel’s first deaf minister, replacing Kahana.