On Tuesday the government announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had transferred responsibility for Jerusalem affairs from the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to his own office, meaning that for the first time in the history of the state of Israel the government has an independent ministry devoted exclusively to Diaspora affairs.
Representatives of the Ministry declined to comment on the move.
From 2001 to 2006 the Diaspora affairs portfolio was combined with that of social affairs. In 2007 Isaac Herzog took over, becoming the Minister of Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Antisemitism, while his successor Yuli Edelstein took over as the Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. The name of the ministry and the portfolios with which it was combined continued to change, with Benjamin Netanyahu and then Naftali Bennett running the newly formed Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs.