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Economy Minister Eli Cohen attends the Eli Horowitz Conference for Economy and Society, organized by Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem on June 19, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed outgoing Economy Minister Likud MK Eli Cohen to become Israel’s next Intelligence Minister in the incoming unity government as he continued to make final appointments ahead of Sunday’s swearing-in for the 35th Knesset.

“The Israeli intelligence apparatus is internationally renowned and has huge importance to the nation’s security,” Cohen is quoted as saying in a Likud statement Saturday night.

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“I’ll work to strengthen and upgrade the intelligence system,” he added.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.