MK Sofa Landver walked out of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption for the last time on Monday morning, following a ceremony in which she relinquished control over the government agency to Likud lawmaker Ze’ev Elkin. She had served in the position for six years.
Landver, who immigrated from Russia during the height of the cold war, was teary eyed as she said her goodbyes to ministry employees and wished her replacement good luck. Landver’s party, Yisrael Beytenu, publicly split with Likud, declining to enter the new coalition.
Taking over at the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, which helped welcome him to Israel twenty five years ago was was emotion for Elkin, a Ukrainian who arrived following the fall of the Soviet Union and who is now one of the Likud’s more hawkish members.