update desk

Netanyahu appoints Amir Ohana as Israel’s new justice minister

The Likud legislator, Israel's first openly gay right-wing MK, will serve as justice minister until after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections, replacing Ayelet Shaked.

Israeli Knesset member Amir Ohana. Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90.
Israeli Knesset member Amir Ohana. Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

According to an announcement on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud Knesset member Amir Ohana will serve as Israel’s justice minister until after the country’s Sept. 17 elections.

Elected to the Knesset in 2015, Ohana became the first openly gay Knesset member serving in a right-wing party and will now become Israel’s first openly gay minister.

Ohana’s appointment comes after the June 2 firing by Netanyahu of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett. The shakeup was as highly political, widely perceived as part of an effort to prevent the pair—popular government members and leaders of the New Right Party in the April 9 election—from using their positions as ministers to attract votes.

Ohana has been public in his support for Netanyahu with regard to the multiple ongoing legal investigations the prime minister faces, and was one of few senior Likud members to back Netanyahu’s effort to pass a law giving sitting prime ministers immunity from prosecution.

Netanyahu initially said that he would retain the justice minister portfolio for himself, as he did with the defense and health portfolios, but decided to find a new justice minister after critics accused him of a conflict of interest due to pending indictments against him.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates