The Knesset on Wednesday approved Gilad Erdan's appointment as Interior Minister, two days after Gideon Sa'ar left the post to spend more time with his family.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced, in the name of the government, that Erdan was appointed as Interior Minister and will continue to serve as Communications Minister for two weeks, at which point Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will have the job. However, Erdan will continue to be responsible for the Israel Broadcast Authority and the public broadcast reform he began earlier this year.
The Knesset approved the message with 58 in favor and 13 opposed.
MK Eli Yishai (Shas), who served two terms as Interior Minister, said that Sa'ar did the right thing in forcing supermarkets in Tel Aviv to be closed on Saturdays and that any responsible minister would do the same.