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Israeli Elections and Political Parties

 

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Israeli Elections

Find out about the results of Israel's Knesset elections by year. This tool includes information about all the parties that ran in a given year. (Under Construction)

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Israeli Political Parties

Find out basic information about Israel's political parties, their ideologies, prominent figures, electoral achievements, and representation in the government. (Under Construction)

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The Current Government

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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