Knesset authorizes politically-charged ministry name changes

October 16, 2013 14:06


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The Knesset approved name changes for three different ministries on Wednesday, two of which are rife with political controversy.

The Ministry of Energy and Water is now called the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water.

The Transportation, National Infrastructure and Road Safety Ministry's name was changed to Transportation and Road Safety Ministry.

The change was announced in August, and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz interpreted it as a punishment for voting against releasing Palestinian terrorists from prison.

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 vote.

The final ministry to change its name is the Immigration Absorption Ministry, which is now called the Immigration and Absorption Ministry.

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