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Israel : Four ministers of Moroccan origin in the new Bennett government

The new Israeli government has been revealed Sunday, and it includes for ministers of Moroccan descent. This announced was followed by the congratulations of the King addressed to Naftali Bennett and the promises made by him to work on «reinforcing Israel-Morocco relations in every sector.»

The new government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. / Pic. Emmanuel Dunand - AFP
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The new government of Naftali Bennet, 13 Israeli Prime Minister, was unveiled Sunday after a confidence vote from Knesset in favor of his eclectic coalition. This coalition includes two parties from the left, two from the center and three from the right, and it can count on the support from the Islamic party Ra’am. The new executive power is also composed of 26 ministers, 8 of them are women. Just like his predecessor’s (Benjamin Netanyahu) government, Bennet’s gov hold four ministers of Moroccan descent.

At the department of social Equality, Naftali Bennet chose Meray Cohen, 37 years old, member of Yesh Atid (Centrist). Born in Al Qods in August 26th 1983 she is the daughter of Solange Shulamit (born Puni) et Saadia Cohen, sephardi migrants from Morocco. In 2004, she was named spokeswomen for socio-economic at the Prime minister’s office under Ariel Sharon. In 2005, she has been chosen by TheMarker as one of the 100 most influencial person in Israel’s economy, in the spokesman category.

Karin Elharar, also a member of Yesh Atid, was named head of the Ministry of National infrastructures, Energy and Water. Born in October 9th 1977 in Kiryat Ono, she is the daughter of Moti and Colette Elharar from Morocco. An attorney speaking Hebrew and french, Elharar suffers from muscular dysmorphia and uses a wheelchair to get around. She has been elected in Knesset in 2013, 2015 and April 2019.

Also, from Yesh Atid, Meir Cohen will occupy the office of Minister of Labor, Welfare, Social Affairs & Social Services. Born in November 15th 1955 in Essaouira, his family migrated to Israel when he was only seven. He already held office as a Minister in the same ministry from 2013 to 2014 under the third Netanyahu’s government.

Finally, Yifat Sasha-Biton, 48 years old, was named Ministry of Education. A member of New Hope (right leaning), she was born in May 23rd, 1973 in Kiryat Shmona of a Moroccan mother and a father born in Haïfa. A married mother of three, she was president of the Committee of children’s right in Knesset.

The predecessor’s government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, composed of 34 ministers, was composed of 10 ministers of Moroccan descent.

The King's congratulations and thanks from Naftali Bennett

This Monday, Naftali Bennet thanked the king Mohammed VI for his congratulatory message after his election as a Prime Ministry to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu. «I thank his highness the king Mohammed VI of Morocco for his warm congratulations, and I would like to express my profound gratitude to his Majesty», he declared, according to the page «Israel speaks in Arab» of Israeli’s ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new prime minister added that his country «considers Morocco as a friend and an important partner in efforts toward peace and security in the region.» «I work in reinforcing Israel-Morocco relations in every sector, in a way that will allow reaching prosperity for both people, who share a long friendship», concludes Naftali Bennet.

Tuesday, the king Mohammed VI has expressed toward the new Israeli Prime Minister his warm congratulation and his best wishes of success in his high functions, reiterating the determination of the Kingdom of Morocco in the pursuit of his role acting and his good offices in favor of a fair and sustainable peace in the Middle East, in a way that will guarantee peace, stability, and agreements to all the people of the region.

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