Ofir Akunis Approved as New Justice Minister

YERUSHALAYIM -
Minister Ofir Akunis. (Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut on Sunday issued an ultimatum to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, urging them to appoint a permanent justice minister within 48 hours. Cabinet ministers convened on Tuesday to appoint a permanent justice minister.

After hours of shouting at the Cabinet meeting with Gantz, who insisted he is appointed justice minister, and Netanyahu’s supporters objecting, the government approved the appointment of Ofer Akunis (Likud), currently minister of regional cooperation, as justice minister.