Eitan Ginzburg to become Israel’s third gay cabinet minister on Monday


Israel has a record three cabinet ministers from the LGBT community after Blue and White faction chairman Eitan Ginzburg was sworn in as communications minister in the Knesset plenum late Monday night. Ginzburg, the former mayor of Ra’anana, was Israel’s first openly gay mayor. He will serve alongside gay ministers Itzik Shmuli, who left Labor, and Amir Ohana (Likud). Monday morning’s cabinet meeting approved the Science and Technology portfolio for Chili Tropper (Blue and White), the Higher Education Ministry for Yoav Galant (Likud), the Water Ministry for Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and the Social Equality portfolio for Michael Biton (Blue and White). The Communications portfolio was held by Blue and White head Benny Gantz after he fired Yoaz Hendel on December 16 when he left Blue and White for New Hope. Gantz held the ministry in a temporary capacity, but the appointment expired. Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit warned Gantz that he was holding too many portfolios. Besides being alternate prime minister and defense minister, he is the justice minister and was acting science and technology minister, social equality minister and communications minister. The Supreme Court set a deadline of 4 p.m. on Monday for the cabinet to fill the vacancies.

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