Israel: Def Mins: Defence Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer takes over
Date: 03/08/2001 05:00 AM
Tel Aviv, Israel - 8 March 2001
1. Benjamin Ben Eliezer walking in with Ehud Barak
2. Guard of Honour standing with flags
3. Ben Eliezer and Barak standing for national anthem
4. Benn Eliezer walking in front of guard
5. Barak and Ben Eliezer standing inside room
6. Barak and Ben Eliezer hugging
8. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Ehud Barak, outgoing Israeli Defence Minister
9. Barak and Ben Eliezer shaking hands
10. Navah Barak, the wife of Ehud Barak
11. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Benjamin Ben Eliezer, Israeli Defence Minister
12. Ben Eliezer standing with Ehud Barak and deputy Defence Minister Dalya Rabin, the daughter of late Ytzhak Rabin.
The new Israeli Defence Minister, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, arrived at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv on Thursday to take office.
A military ceremony marked the handover of power.
Ehud Barak, the outgoing Defence Minister, wished Ben Eliezer good luck in his new job.
Ben Eliezer, known also as Fuad, acknowledged how difficult the job would be but said he would succeed in his new role.
Ben Eliezer expressed his admiration for Barak in his role as Defence Minister.
There are 26 minister in Ariel Sharon's seven party new government.
Most of them stepped into their new offices during the day.
Sharon and his coalition government were formally sworn in late Wednesday night.
The new Israeli leader held out the prospect of renewed peace talks with the Palestinians.
But he repeated his condition that talks would not begin until calm was restored.
I wish you a good luck, with the defence system and for the state of Israel.
SUPERCAPTION: Ehud Barak, Outgoing Defence Minister
"I know what is expected from me. The expectation are huge. To initiate change and to
return the peace to the people. But at least I know that I am entering with the army, and believe me, the best army in the world."
SUPERCAPTION: Benjamin Ben Eliezer, Israeli Defence Minister