PM: Dichter will protect Home Front, as he did all his life

August 14, 2012 10:39

Avi Dichter will have an important role in his new position as Home Front Defense Minister, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday: "to protect the Home Front, as he did all his life."

Speaking at Ben Gurion Airport to 350 new immigrants, fresh off the plane from Canada and the United States, Netanyahu took the opportunity to address the Kadima MK's decision made overnight, to quit the Knesset and join the cabinet. At the request of Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Dichter will replace outgoing Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i, who will leave next week for Beijing to be Israel’s next ambassador to China.

Netanyahu recalled Dichter's previous position as director of the Shin Bet, and expressed faith that he would succeed in his new role, "in his contribution to the state."

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