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Who’s who in the Bennett-Lapid government

A look at the 28 ministers from diverse group of parties set be sworn in as Israel’s 36th government

Leading members of the prospective 36th government, left to right, top to bottom: Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Ayelet Shaked, Gideon Sa'ar, Avigdor Liberman, Omer Barlev, Merav Michaeli, Nitzan Horowitz, Chili Tropper, Yifat Shasha-Biton, Ze'ev Elkin, Orna Barbivai, Tamar Zandberg, Matan Kahana, Yoaz Hendel (Yonatan Sindel, Olivier Fitoussi, Avshalom Sassoni,  Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Leading members of the prospective 36th government, left to right, top to bottom: Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Ayelet Shaked, Gideon Sa'ar, Avigdor Liberman, Omer Barlev, Merav Michaeli, Nitzan Horowitz, Chili Tropper, Yifat Shasha-Biton, Ze'ev Elkin, Orna Barbivai, Tamar Zandberg, Matan Kahana, Yoaz Hendel (Yonatan Sindel, Olivier Fitoussi, Avshalom Sassoni, Gili Yaari/Flash90)

With the new “change coalition” set to be sworn in on Sunday, ministry postings and other key jobs have been finalized.

Israel’s 36th government will be Israel’s third-largest ever, with 27 ministers, but a drop from the record-breaking 36 of the current government.

Here is a look at the new government, made up of eight parties from across Israel’s political spectrum and led for its first two years by Yamina party chief Naftali Bennett — Israel’s first prime minister in 12 years who is not Benjamin Netanyahu:

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (Yamina) — will serve first as prime minister for two years under a rotation agreement with Yair Lapid. Also serves as settlement affairs minister.

Prime Minister-designate and Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 6, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid)

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid gives a statement at his party’s faction meeting in the Knesset, June 7, 2021 (Menahem Kahana / AFP)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, during a press conference in Tel Aviv, April 22, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu)

Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, on May 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Minister in Finance Ministry — undecided (Yisrael Beytenu)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar (New Hope)

New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar leads a Knesset faction meeting on May 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev (Labor)

Labor MK Omer Barlev attends an election campaign event in Tel Aviv, January 23, 2019. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli (Labor)

Labor leader Merav Michaeli speaks during a Knesset faction meeting on May 24, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz)

Head of the left-wing Meretz party MK Nitzan Horowitz leads a faction meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on May 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina)

Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked holds a press conference at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on May 26, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana (Yamina)

Yamina MK Matan Kahana speaks during an election campaign event in Sderot on March 17, 2021. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton (New Hope)

MK Yifat Shasha-Biton visits the coronavirus ward at Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed on December 3, 2020. (David Cohen/ Flash90)

Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (New Hope)

MK Yoaz Hendel at a meeting of the Arrangements Committee in the Knesset, on June 9, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Culture Minister Chili Tropper (Blue and White)

Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper in Jerusalem, on November 25, 2020. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Economy Minister Orna Barbivai (Yesh Atid)

Then-Yesh Atid candidate Maj. Gen. (res.) Orna Barbivai at a press conference announcing her run on the party’s Knesset list, in Tel Aviv on January 1, 2018. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Construction and Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin (New Hope) — will also serve as minister for Jerusalem affairs and liaison minister between the Knesset and the government.

Then-environment protection minister Zeev Elkin attends the Likud Party’s election campaign opening event in Jerusalem, on January 21, 2020. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid)

Yesh Atid MK Meir Cohen (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid)

Yesh Atid party member Yoel Razvozov speaks to supporters in Tel Aviv, ahead of general elections, on February 20, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar (Yesh Atid)

Yesh Atid MK Karine Elharrar (Courtesy)

Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid)

Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern speaks during a conference for Young Leadership programs, at the University of Haifa, on April 11, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Social Equality Minister Meirav Cohen (Yesh Atid)

Social Equality Minister Meirav Cohen at the Ministry of Social Equality in Jerusalem on May 18, 2020. (Flash90)

Immigrant Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata (Blue and White)

Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata in an undated photo. (Natan Weil/Government Press Office)

Agriculture Minister Oded Forer (Yisrael Beytenu) — will also serve as minister for the Negev and Galilee.

Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer attends a discussion held at the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem on July 7, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Science Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue and White)

Orit Farkash-Hacohen. (Yanai Yechiel)

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai (Labor)

MK Nachman Shai seen at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej (Meretz)

Meretz MK Issawi Frej attends an Economic Committee meeting at the Knesset on July 12, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg (Meretz)

Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg at a Knesset faction meeting on April 26, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Deputy ministers:

Yamina MK Abir Kara — deputy minister for regulatory matters in the Prime Minister’s Office

Yesh Atid MK Idan Roll — deputy foreign minister

Yesh Atid MK Yoav Segalovich — deputy public security minister

The Ra’am party is also expected to get a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. New Hope will also get a deputy minister.

Knesset Speaker: Mickey Levy

Yesh Atid MK MIckey Levy (Courtesy)

The high-level security cabinet will include Bennett, Lapid, Gantz, Sa’ar, Liberman, Michaeli, Shaked, Elkin, Barlev, Horowitz, Kahana and Shasha-Biton.

Yamina party Idit Silman MK arrives to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Yamina’s Idit Silman will serve as coalition chairwoman.

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