Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel's Middle East analyst, fills the same role for Walla, the leading portal in Israel. He is also a guest commentator on many different radio shows and current affairs programs on television. Until 2012, he was a reporter and commentator on Arab affairs for the Haaretz newspaper. He also lectures on modern Palestinian history at Tel Aviv University, and is currently writing a script for an action-drama series for the Israeli satellite Television "YES." Born in Jerusalem, he graduated cum laude from Ben Gurion University with a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies and then earned his M.A. from Tel Aviv University on the same subject, also cum laude. A fluent Arabic speaker, Avi was the Middle East Affairs correspondent for Israeli Public Radio covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq and the Arab countries between the years 2003-2006. Avi directed and edited short documentary films on Israeli television programs dealing with the Middle East. In 2002 he won the "best reporter" award for the "Israel Radio” for his coverage of the second intifada. In 2004, together with Amos Harel, he wrote "The Seventh War - How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians." A year later the book won an award from the Institute for Strategic Studies for containing the best research on security affairs in Israel. In 2008, Issacharoff and Harel published their second book, entitled "34 Days - The Story of the Second Lebanon War," which won the same prize.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (photo credit: CC BY Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres/Flickr)
According to this list, most of the central positions will be filled by Abbas’s allies (the two deputy prime ministers, as well as the foreign and treasury ministers).
Rami Hamdallah will head the government as prime minister.
His cabinet will consist of:
Muhammad Mustafa – Deputy prime minister for economic affairs
Ziad Abu Amr – Deputy prime minister for political affairs, culture minister
Shukri Bishara – Finance minister
Nayaf Abu Khalaf – Local governance minister
Rula Maaya – Tourism minister
Hifa al-Ara – Work and society minister
Mamoun Abu Shahla – Labor minister
Mufeed Hasayneh – Public works and housing minister
Yusef Idees – Religion and waqfs minister
Riyad al-Maliki – Foreign minister
Salim al-Saqqa – Justice minister
Khawla al-Shakhsheer – Education minister
Allam Moussa – Communications minister
Shawqu al-Aiysa – Agriculture minister
Jawad Awwad – Health minister
Adnan al-Husseini – Jerusalem affairs minister
Wael Dweikat- Transportation minister
It is still unclear what will happen with the Prisoners Ministry.
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