Tourism minister Yariv Levin to be interim PM while Netanyahu is abroad

The job is traditionally given to a security cabinet minister from the prime minister’s party; Levin is not a member.

By
September 5, 2016 12:43
1 minute read.
Netanyahu Katz

Netanyahu and Katz. (photo credit: REUTERS,MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin will hold the ceremonial title of acting prime minister while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is abroad starting Tuesday.

The law requires the cabinet to appoint an interim prime minister when the prime minister is out of the country in case he cannot be reached while Netanyahu is in the Netherlands.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The job is traditionally given to a security cabinet minister from the prime minister’s party. Levin is not a member of the security cabinet, so if the security cabinet must convene while Netanyahu is abroad, the premier decided to give Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon the right to convene the security cabinet.

The ongoing dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Israel Katz had created a problem over who would be the replacement.

When his government was formed, two ministers alternated as interim prime minister when Netanyahu went abroad: Silvan Shalom and Israel Katz. Shalom quit politics due to sexual harassment allegations that were later dropped.

Since Shalom’s departure, Katz has filled in every time Netanyahu has gone abroad except once, when the prime minister asked Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to receive the role.

But when Netanyahu leaves for the Netherlands, Erdan will be in London. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz will also be abroad. This left only one Likud minister in the security cabinet: Environmental Protection and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin. His spokeswoman said Sunday that Elkin had not been told to fill in for Netanyahu, but he had been asked to fill in for Liberman, who also requires a replacement when he is abroad.



Herb Keinon contributed to this report.


Related Content

THE ISRAEL Opera Festival takes place at the Crusader Fortress in the Old City of Acre.
June 24, 2018
The Israel Opera Festival returns to Acre with eclectic lineup

By HELEN KAYE