The Knesset approved name changes for three ministries on Wednesday, two of
which are rife with political controversy.
The Ministry of Energy and
Water is now called the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Ministry. The
Transportation, National Infrastructure and Road Safety Ministry’s name was
changed to Transportation and Road Safety Ministry.
signifying the transfer of responsibilities for infrastructure issues, was
announced in August. Transportation Minister Israel Katz interpreted it as a
punishment for voting against releasing Palestinian terrorists from
Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom, who picked up the
“National Infrastructure” title, has a closer relationship with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu than Katz, and abstained from the prisoner release
The final ministry to change its name is the Immigration Absorption
Ministry, which is now called the Immigration and Absorption Ministry.