Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler today welcomed the formation of a new Israeli government after so many months of political deadlock, though criticised the continuance of Yaacov Litzman as health minister.
“After 18 months and three elections, the formation of this government was overdue, and welcome. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, together with Benny Gantz, now have a mandate to address the very real challenges facing the State of Israel, including the serious economic woes that the pandemic has induced”, said Mr Leibler.
Mr Leibler was hopeful that, “notwithstanding these challenges, a government of national unity will focus on also addressing challenges within Israeli society, and developing strategies to further strengthen the relationship between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry”.
“However”, Mr Leibler continued, “the Australian Jewish community remains deeply concerned about the re-appointment of Yaacov Litzman has health minister. He has been credibly accused of criminal misconduct, and the police have recommended he be indicted. He should not have been re-appointed.”