Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed over his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs and remained Minister of Defense.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed over his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs and remained Minister of Defense.

2019-02-18 18:32:31 92 ℃

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transport Katz on Sunday as the country's acting foreign minister, according to U.S. News Agency.

Acting Foreign Minister of Israel Katz

He made a statement on Twitter, thanking Netanyahu for appointing him as Foreign Minister. "I thank the Prime Minister for his trust and I am happy to lead this department. We will continue to promote and lead Israel's foreign policy and make further achievements with the Prime Minister, "Katz wrote. As acting foreign minister, Katz's term of office is only three months. As acting foreign minister, his appointment will not require the approval of the Israeli Parliament. Katz ranked third among the Likud candidates and first among the incumbent ministers in the general election held in April.

Katz and Netanyahu

Netanyahu had previously served as Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence, Minister of Health and Minister of Immigration of Israel at the same time. Recently, the Supreme Court asked him to resign some important positions and transfer them to others. To avoid facing legal challenges in the general election, Netanyahu resigned as Minister of Immigration and Resettlement at the end of last year and promised to resign as Minister of Foreign Affairs in January this year, but it did not materialize until recently.

Katz needed to resolve the relationship between Poland and Israel just after taking office

Interestingly, Israel and Poland had just held talks on Iran in Warsaw, Poland last week, but Netanyahu said during his visit to Poland that after the "Polish-German cooperation" in the Holocaust against Jews in Nazi Germany, Polish Prime Minister Ma Teus Moravitsky cancelled Tuesday's visit to Israel. Later, Netanyahu's office issued a clarification, saying that he was "talking about Poles, not the Polish people or the Polish state".