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Israel - Rotation in the midst of war: Katz will replace Cohen at the head of the Foreign Ministry

Israel (bbabo.net), - The government unanimously approved on Sunday, December 31, the change of head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel: Eli Cohen will be replaced in the post by Israel Katz. Cohen, meanwhile, will head the Energy Department. Let us recall that Katz already served as the country’s acting foreign minister in 2019-2020.

Rotation in the post of head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was outlined in the coalition agreements. According to its terms, Katz takes over the post for two years, after which he will be replaced again by Cohen in the last year of the coalition, if, of course, it lasts until then.

Thus, Katz will lead the Foreign Ministry until December 2025. The confirmation of both ministers in their new positions will be put to a vote in the Knesset in the new year, but this is a formality. The government's decision states that Cohen will continue to be a member of the military-political cabinet, although this is no longer his direct responsibility.

Cohen made efforts to delay the rotation, arguing that the foreign minister should not be changed in the midst of hostilities, but Katz insisted on honoring the terms of the agreement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to interfere and allowed the rotation to take place according to the agreements reached.

Ynet political commentator Itamar Aichner notes that Cohen acted as foreign minister very diligently. In just one year of work, he made 37 trips abroad - this is an absolute record for any minister in such a short period of time. Cohen's problem was his relationship with the prime minister.

Netanyahu did not take his opinion into account and did not introduce him into the narrow circle of his associates, where decisions are actually made. To confirm this fact, we can only mention that Cohen never became part of the narrow military cabinet that de facto leads decision-making regarding the war in Gaza.

Israel - Rotation in the midst of war: Katz will replace Cohen at the head of the Foreign Ministry