Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to appoint coalition chairman Tzachi Hanegbi as a minister in upcoming weeks, Likud sources said Tuesday, confirming a report on the Knesset Channel.
Hanegbi held five different portfolios in past governments led by Netanyahu and former prime minister Ariel Sharon, but he has not been a minister since 2006. A lengthy trial that accused him of making illegal political appointments and his maneuvering between Kadima and Likud set Hanegbi back.
When Netanyahu appointed Science, Technology, and Space Minister Danny Danon last month, a vacancy opened for a minister in Likud. Netanyahu gave Minister-without-portfolio Ophir Akunis Danon’s portfolio, but Hanegbi could be given Akunis’s former responsibilities related to communications.