New Health Minister Yael German said at her change-of-the- guard ceremony at
ministry headquarters in Jerusalem on Tuesday that she didn’t understand how the
job seemed to be “so undesirable” among MKs. Israel has “a good health system
that has a reputation all over the world. I hope that when I leave here, the job
will be the most desirable in the government,” she said. “I came to learn, and I
intend to devote many hours [a day] to it,” said the former longtime mayor of
“I am not necessarily speaking of changes, but there are topics
in which I intend to set down a new policy. My challenge is that from now on,
the Israeli health system will be recognized as excellent not only around the
world but also in Israel,” said German, who took over from United Torah Judaism
MK Ya’acov Litzman, who ran the ministry as a deputy minister, while Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was formally minister.
Litzman, who had
wanted very much to continue in his post, said he was leaving it with “much
satisfaction, a raised head and a lot of pride.”
He thanked his
director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu and ministry staffers for their devotion and
wished German success.
Space technology will have a major focus in the
Science and Technology Ministry, said Minister Yaakov Peri, taking over from
Prof. Daniel Herschkowitz on Tuesday. Peri said he would work to ensure that
innovation, space research, cyber, science and technology “will continue to be
at the forefront of Israel’s achievements.”
Israel Space Agency chairman
Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael welcomed the new minister and said there is “no need to
explain to me who headed the General Security Services” – as Peri did for years
– how much security is dependent on science and technology.
“I am sure he
will lead the ministry to many successes,” he said.