The current government, the 33rd government, was sworn in on March 18, 2013, almost two months after the 19th Knesset elections. The government is headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is serving his third term in office.
Netanyahu's third government was built upon a coalition made up of four factions: Likud-Beytenu, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) and Hatnua. Together, these four factions gave the coalition a presence of 68 members of Knesset. The government included 22 ministers. In July 2014, the joint Likud-Beytenu list split, and reverted back to two separate factions.
In early December, 2014, Prime Minister Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua). Following this, the other ministers of Lapid's Yesh Atid party resigned (Education Minister Shay Piron, Health Minister Yael German, Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, Minister of Science and Technology Yaakov Peri). Shortly thereafter, the Knesset voted to dissolved itself and call early elections. The elections for the 20th Knesset were set for March 17, 2015. In the meantime, the government is comprised of representatives of the Likud, Israel Beiteinu, and Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home).
The table below presents the current members of the government.
|Position in Government||Name||Political Party|
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Netanyahu||Likud|
|Foreign Minister||Avigdor Liberman||Yisrael Beiteinu|
|Minister of Finance||-||(Had been Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid)|
|Minister of Defense||Moshe Ya'alon||Likud|
|Minister of the Economy||Naftali Bennett||Habayit Hayehudi|
|Minister of Internal Affairs||Gilad Erdan (replaced Gideon Sa'ar)||Likud|
|Minister of Education||-||(Had been Shay Piron of Yesh Atid)|
|Minister of Justice||-||(Had been Tzipi Livni, Hatnua)|
|Minister of Communications||Benjamin Netanyahu||(Had been Gilad Erdan, Likud)|
|Minister of Energy and Water||Silvan Shalom||Likud|
|Minister of Transportation||Yisrael Katz||Likud|
|Minister of Internal Security||Yitzhak Aharonovitch||Yisrael Beiteinu|
|Minister of Housing and Construction||Uri Ariel||Habayit Hayehudi|
|Minister of Welfare and Social Services||-||(Had been Meir Cohen, Yesh Atid)|
|Minister of Culture and Sport||Limor Livnat||Likud|
|Minister of Health||-||(Had been Yael German, Yesh Atid)|
|Minister of Tourism||Uzi Landau||Yisrael Beiteinu|
|Minister of Science and Technology||-||(Had been Yaakov Peri, Yesh Atid)|
|Minister for Senior Citizens||Uri Orbach||Habayit Hayehudi|
|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development||Yair Shamir||Yisrael Beiteinu|
|Minister of Environmental Protection||-||(Had been Amir Peretz, Hatnua)|
|Minister of Immigrant Absorption||Sofa Landver||Yisrael Beiteinu|
|Minister of Intelligence||Yuval Steinitz||Likud|
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