Fourth government of Israel

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December 24, 1952. Ministers of the Fourth Government with the President. Sitting from left to right: Ben-Zion Dinor, David Ben-Gurion, President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Dov Yosef. Standing from left to right: Peretz Naftali, Levi Eshkol, Pinchas Lavon, Yosef Serlin, Golda Meir, Pinhas Rosen, Moshe Sharett, Israel Rokach and Peretz Bernstein.

The fourth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַרְבִיעִית, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el Harevi'it) was formed by David Ben-Gurion during the second Knesset on 24 December 1952. Ben-Gurion dropped the ultra-orthodox parties Agudat Yisrael and Poalei Agudat Yisrael from his coalition and replaced them with the General Zionists and the Progressive Party, who formed the government together with Mapai, Mizrachi, Hapoel HaMizrachi, the Democratic List for Israeli Arabs, Progress and Work and Agriculture and Development.

The government fell when Ben-Gurion resigned on 6 December 1953 as he wished to settle in the Negev kibbutz of Sde Boker.

The Cabinet
Position Person Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Defense
David Ben-Gurion Mapai
Minister of Agriculture Peretz Naftali Mapai
Minister of Development Dov Yosef (from 15 June 1953) Mapai
Minister of Education and Culture Ben-Zion Dinor Not an MK
Minister of Finance Levi Eshkol Mapai
Minister of Foreign Affairs Moshe Sharett Mapai
Minister of Health Yosef Sapir (until 29 December 1953)
Yosef Serlin (after 29 December 1953)
General Zionists
General Zionists
Minister of Internal Affairs Israel Rokah General Zionists
Minister of Justice Pinchas Rosen Progressive Party
Minister of Labour Golda Meir Mapai
Minister of Police Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Mapai
Minister of Postal Services Yosef Burg Hapoel HaMizrachi
Minister of Religions
Minister of Welfare
Haim-Moshe Shapira Hapoel HaMizrachi
Minister of Trade and Industry Peretz Bernstein General Zionists
Minister of Transportation Yosef Serlin (until 29 December 1953)
Yosef Sapir (after 29 December 1953)
General Zionists
General Zionists
Minister without Portfolio Dov Yosef (until 15 June 1953) Mapai
Minister without Portfolio Pinhas Lavon Mapai
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Kalman Kahana Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Deputy Minister of Religions Zerach Warhaftig (from 5 January 1953) Hapoel HaMizrachi
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Zalman Suzayiv (from 15 June 1953) General Zionists
Deputy Minister of Welfare Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir (from 5 January 1953) Mizrachi

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