Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Israel)

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel (Hebrew: משרד החקלאות‎, Misrad HaHakla'ut UFitu'ah HaKfar) is the ministry of the Israeli government that oversees the country's agricultural industry. The ministry was originally called Ministry of Agriculture, but in 1992 the title was changed to its current form. The Development Ministry, which oversaw rural development, was abolished in 1974.

Minister[edit]

The Agriculture and Rural Development Minister (Hebrew: שר החקלאות ופיתוח הכפר‎, Sar HaHakla'ut vePituah HaKfar; Arabic: وزير الزراعة وتطوير القرية‎) is the political head of the ministry, considered a relatively minor position in the Israel cabinet.

Two serving Prime Ministers, Menachem Begin and Ehud Barak, also served as agriculture ministers; Begin following the death of the incumbent, and Barak following the resignation of the former minister's party from his coalition.

There is occasionally a Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

List of Ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end Notes
1 Aharon Zisling Mapam Provisional May 14, 1948 March 10, 1949
2 Dov Yosef Mapai 1 June 1, 1949 November 1, 1950
3 Pinhas Lavon Mapai 2 November 1, 1950 October 8, 1951
4 Levi Eshkol Mapai 3 October 8, 1951 June 25, 1952
5 Peretz Naftali Mapai 3, 4, 5, 6 June 25, 1952 November 3, 1955
6 Kadish Luz Mapai 7, 8 November 3, 1955 December 17, 1959
7 Moshe Dayan Mapai 9, 10, 11 December 17, 1959 November 4, 1964
8 Haim Gvati Mapai, Alignment 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 November 9, 1964 June 3, 1974 Not a Knesset member for part of term in office
9 Aharon Uzan Alignment 17 June 3, 1974 June 20, 1977 Not a Knesset Member
10 Ariel Sharon Likud 18 June 20, 1977 August 5, 1981
11 Simha Erlich Likud 19 August 5, 1981 June 19, 1983 Died in office
12 Menachem Begin Likud 19 June 19, 1983 October 10, 1983 Also serving Prime Minister
13 Pesah Grupper Likud 20 October 10, 1983 September 13, 1984
14 Aryeh Nehemkin Alignment 21, 22 September 13, 1984 December 22, 1988
15 Avraham Katz-Oz Alignment 23 December 22, 1988 March 15, 1990
16 Rafael Eitan Tzomet 24 June 11, 1990 December 31, 1991
17 Ya'akov Tzur Labor Party 25, 26 July 13, 1992 June 18, 1996
Rafael Eitan Tzomet 27 June 18, 1996 July 6, 1999
18 Haim Oron Meretz 28 August 5, 1999 June 24, 2000
19 Ehud Barak Labor Party 28 June 24, 2000 March 7, 2001 Also serving Prime Minister
20 Shalom Simhon Labor Party 29 March 7, 2001 November 2, 2002
21 Tzipi Livni Likud 29 December 17, 2002 February 28, 2003
22 Yisrael Katz Likud 30 February 28, 2003 January 14, 2006
23 Ze'ev Boim Kadima 30 January 18, 2006 May 4, 2006
Shalom Simhon Labor Party 31, 32 May 4, 2006 January 18, 2011
24 Orit Noked Independence 32 January 18, 2011 18 March 2013
25 Yair Shamir Yisrael Beiteinu 33 18 March 2013

Deputy Ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end
1 Yosef Efrati Mapai 3 July 9, 1952 December 24, 1952
2 Ze'ev Tzur Ahdut HaAvoda 7, 8 December 5, 1955 December 17, 1959
3 Aharon Uzan Alignment 13, 14 January 17, 1966 March 17, 1969
4 Ben-Zion Halfon Alignment 15 December 22, 1969 March 10, 1974
5 Jabr Muadi Alignment, Progress and Development, United Arab List 17 March 24, 1975 June 20, 1977
6 Pesah Grupper Likud 19 August 11, 1981 October 10, 1983
7 Michael Dekel Likud 20 October 10, 1983 September 13, 1984
8 Avraham Katz-Oz Alignment 21, 22 September 24, 1984 December 22, 1988
9 Walid Haj Yahia Meretz 25, 26 August 4, 1992 June 18, 1996
10 Gila Gamliel Likud 30 March 30, 2005 January 14, 2006

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