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Netanyahu to resign as Foreign Minister, name replacement

Prime Minister announces plans to give up Foreign Ministry portfolio, which he has held since 2015, and tap new Immigration Minister.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will resign as Foreign Minister, and name his replacement next month, Netanyahu announced Friday.

Netanyahu also announced plans to name a new Immigration and Absorption Minister next week, following the departure of former Minister Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beytenu) last month.

Netanyahu has served as Foreign Minister, in addition to his role as premier, since 2015.

Following the departure of Yisrael Beytenu from the government last month, however, Netanyahu has also taken on the role of Defense Minister.

On Friday, Netanyahu announced that he would be formally named Defense Minister, replacing the temporary appointment for the position in late November.

With his new duties as Defense Minister, Netanyahu said he would resign as Foreign Minister, and name a replacement next month.

In addition, Netanyahu said he would name a replacement for Sova Landver as Immigration and Absorption Minister. Current Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) is expected to be tapped to replace Landver, while another Likud lawmaker is likely to receive the Foreign Ministry portfolio.
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