Barkat: Formation of Jerusalem affairs ministry contradicts Netanyahu’s promise

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat came out strongly against the possible appointment of Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin as minister of Jerusalem affairs on Tuesday.

Elkin asked for the Jerusalem affairs portfolio as compensation for losing the Strategic Affairs Ministry which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave to his number two in Likud, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

"The decision to form the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry anew was made against my wishes and contradicts the prime minister’s promise and the cabinet decision made on Jerusalem day, that the Prime Minister’s Office would be in charge of advancing Jerusalem in partnership with the mayor’s office," Barkat said.


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