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Israel’s Netanyahu Names Ex-General Yoav Galant as Defense Minister

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has named former general Yoav Galant as defense minister in his upcoming cabinet, a spokesperson for his Likud party said Wednesday.

Galant, a member of the right-wing Likud, was given the key portfolio a day before Netanyahu’s cabinet is expected to be sworn in before parliament.

A former commander of the southern region of Israel, Galant has also served in several ministerial posts in Netanyahu’s previous cabinets.

Following his November 1 election win, veteran hawk Netanyahu secured a mandate to form a government backed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties and an extreme-right bloc.

His incoming government has sparked fears of a military escalation in the West Bank amid the worst violence in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory for nearly 20 years.

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