Dudi Amsalem
Dudi AmsalemEsti Dzubov/TPS

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided Monday to appoint MK Dudi Amsalem (Likud) as Communications Minister, replacing Ayoub Kara, who resigned last week.

Last week, Kara resigned, claiming that "since I was appointed Communications Minister there's been a tendentious campaign against me stemming from prejudice, and every success was turned into a failure, including tendentious criticism from within and without."

"In order to stop this hunt and continue to serve the State of Israel, I'm not retiring from public life, but embarking on a battle to clear my name," he said.

The day before his resignation Kara attacked Netanyahu in an interview with News 12, hours after canceling his candidacy for Israeli Ambassador to Cairo. "They approached me; I didn't ask for it. They thought I was the most suitable person at this time because I was the only one who knew the Egyptian President. I also have an advantage from the culture I come from. This is the first time a Druze has a politically appointment in an Arab country. Instead of there being a consensus on this so there'll be a bridge to peace, I also was attacked by the Likud and those around the Prime Minister.

"I'm the most suited man for the job," Kara said. "On Bahrain I said we should go without the Palestinians, even with regard to the tunnels I said they need a robot. All the time there are unfortunately prejudices against me, and I regret that on the day that the first Druze combat helicopter pilot is appointed, I have to stand here and prove my loyalty, even though I'm disabled and a senior officer, and I lost my two brothers."