Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday tapped Amir Ohana as acting Justice Minister, Israel’s first openly gay minister.
The appointment of Mr Ohana, from Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, comes as Jerusalem prepared for its annual Gay Pride celebrations last night.
“Amir Ohana is a jurist who knows the legal system well,” the Prime Minister’s office said.
He takes up the position from Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing rival Ayelet Shaked, sacked by the Prime Minister on Sunday along with education minister Naftali Bennett after the Likud leader failed to form a government following April elections.
Mr Netanyahu opted for parliament to dissolve itself and approve new elections, preventing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin from selecting someone else to form a government.