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June 16, 2005
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Michael Melchior, Israel’s deputy education minister, is expected to resume his role as government liaison to the Diaspora. Citing sources in the Prime Minister’s Office, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that Melchior has been tapped to replace Natan Sharansky, who resigned as minister for Diaspora Affairs last month to protest the Gaza withdrawal plan. Melchior, a Danish-born Orthodox rabbi, served as Diaspora Affairs minister under Prime Minister Ehud Barak. This time he would assume the portfolio’s responsibilities without becoming a full Cabinet minister, the Post reported. The appointment is expected to be announced at next Sunday’s Cabinet session.

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