Former Likud Minister to Head Holocaust Foundation

After leaving politics in December for fear of losing high spot on Likud list, Limor Livnat takes on new, 'important' role.

Cynthia Blank,

Limor Livnat
Limor Livnat
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Former minister Limor Livnat was appointed on Sunday chairperson of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, Channel 10 reported. 

Livnat, who served as Minister of Culture and Sports in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's third government, resigned from politics last December - days after new elections were announced. 

A veteran Likud member, Likud was the party's only MK who voted against the Jewish State Law promoted by Netanyahu in the last Knesset, and analysts estimated she resigned in fear of not placing high on the party's list for the 34th Knesset. 

Livnat, the daughter of underground activists during World War II, seems rightfully slated to head the Foundation established in 1991 by Holocaust survivors to help other survivors living in the Jewish state. 

According to a press release issued by the organization on Sunday, many members of Livnat's family, including her maternal grandmother perished in Nazi concentration camps in Romania. 

"I thank the members of the Executive Committee and the General Assembly for the confidence in me to stand as the head of this important foundation, which leads activity to improve the quality of life and welfare of Holocaust victims in Israel," Livnat said. 

"The need to ensure the rights and needs of victims of the Holocaust in the coming years in order to enable them to live in dignity, is one of the most important tasks facing the State of Israel and the Jewish people," she added.