The Cabinet unanimously approved, Monday, the appointment of former chief military prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit to replace Tzvi Hauser as Cabinet Secretary. Hauser is stepping down after four years in office. Since retiring from active duty, Mandelblit has served as a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Hauser for his years of service, saying, "You are finishing years of dedicated, professional and unconventional work, with out-of-the-box creative thinking that frequently aided me, the government and the state, several elements of which will become known later. I think that you did so in an exceptional manner and I would like to specially commend the work that you initiated and, to a large extent, led on the national heritage plan. I think that this is a major revolution in reinforcing the common foundations that define the reason why we are here and, of course, ensure the identity of the coming generations with the Zionist and Jewish enterprise."