Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister of Israel

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The Information and Diaspora Minister of Israel is a post in the Israeli cabinet, created in March 2009. Previously there had been both a Minister of Information (1967 to 1969 and 1974 to 1975), a Minister of Social and Disapora Affairs (1999 to 2001 and 2003 to 2006), and a Minister of Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Antisemitism (2007 until 2009). Between June and November 2005 there was also a Deputy Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs.

The combination of the portfolios of Information and Diaspora relations emphasized the role of the ministry as one of a number of leading spokespersons for the Israeli government abroad, albeit more directly to the Jewish diaspora in comparison to the general state-to-state diplomacy of the Foreign Minister.

List of portfolio holders[edit]

Parties

      Alignment/Labor       Likud       Meimad

No. Name Portrait Party Term of office Govt. (P.M.)

Minister of Information (1967–1975)[edit]

1 Yisrael Galili Israel Galili.jpg Alignment (Labor) 5 June 1967 17 March 1969 13 (Eshkol)
Ministry abolished 1969–1974.
2 Shimon Peres Shimon Peres by David Shankbone.jpg Alignment (Labor) 10 March 1974 3 June 1974 16 (Meir)
3 Aharon Yariv Aharon Yariv.jpg Alignment (Labor) 3 June 1974 4 February 1975 17 (Rabin)
Ministry abolished 1975.

Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs (1999–2006)[edit]

4 Michael Melchior Rabbi Michael Melchior.jpg One Israel (Meimad) 5 August 1999 7 March 2001 28 (Barak)
5 Natan Sharansky Natan Shernasky1.JPG Likud 3 March 2003 4 May 2006 30 (Sharon)
Ministry abolished 2006.

Minister of Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Antisemitism (2007–2009)[edit]

6 Isaac Herzog Isaac Herzog 2004.JPG Labor 21 March 2007 31 March 2009 31 (Olmert)

Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs (2009– )[edit]

7 Yuli-Yoel Edelstein Yuli Edelstein.jpg Likud 31 March 2009 18 March 2013 32 (Netanyahu)
8 Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu portrait.jpg Likud 18 March 2013 Incumbent 33 (Netanyahu)

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Parties

      Meimad

No. Name Party Term of office Govt.
1 Michael Melchior Meimad 20 June 2005 23 November 2005 30

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