Internal Affairs Minister of Israel

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The Interior Minister (Hebrew: שַׂר הַפְּנִים, Sar HaPnim), also known as the Minister of Internal Affairs is head of the Israeli Ministry of Interior and an important portfolio in the cabinet. The current Interior Minister is Gilad Erdan of Likud. It should not be confused with the Internal Security Minister.

The position is often demanded by avowedly religious or secular parties as it allows them to control religious councils and planning (including the building of settlements), as well as religion and state issues such as civil marriage and immigration (which is affected by the Who is a Jew? debate). In recent years it has been held by Shas, an ultra-orthodox party, as well as Shinui and Yisrael BaAliyah, both secularist.

There is also occasionally a Deputy Minister of the Interior.

List of Interior Ministers[edit]

Name Party Governments Term start Term end
Yitzhak Gruenbaum Independent Provisional 14 May 1948 10 March 1949
Haim-Moshe Shapira United Religious Front,
Hapoel HaMizrachi
1, 2, 3 10 March 1949 24 December 1952
Israel Rokah General Zionists 4, 5 24 December 1952 29 June 1955
Haim-Moshe Shapira Hapoel HaMizrachi 6 29 June 1955 3 November 1955
Israel Bar-Yehuda Ahdut HaAvoda 7, 8 3 November 1955 17 December 1959
Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 17 December 1959 16 July 1970
Golda Meir Alignment 15 16 July 1970 1 September 1970
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 15, 16 1 September 1970 3 June 1974
Shlomo Hillel Alignment 17 3 June 1974 29 October 1974
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 17 29 October 1974 22 December 1976
Shlomo Hillel Alignment 17 16 January 1977 20 June 1977
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 18, 19, 20 20 June 1977 13 September 1984
Shimon Peres Alignment 21 13 September 1984 24 December 1984
Yitzhak Peretz Shas 21, 22 24 December 1984 6 January 1987
Yitzhak Shamir Likud 22 6 January 1987 22 December 1988
Aryeh Deri Shas 23, 24, 25 22 December 1988 11 May 1993
Yitzhak Rabin Labor Party 25 11 May 1993 7 June 1993
Aryeh Deri Shas 25 7 June 1993 14 September 1993
Yitzhak Rabin Labor Party 25 14 September 1993 27 February 1995
Uzi Baram Labor Party 25 27 February 1995 7 June 1995
David Libai Labor Party 25 19 June 1995 18 July 1995
Ehud Barak Labor Party 25 18 July 1995 22 November 1995
Haim Ramon Labor Party 26 22 November 1995 18 June 1996
Eli Suissa Shas (not an MK) 27 18 June 1996 6 July 1999
Natan Sharansky Yisrael BaAliyah 28 6 July 1999 11 July 2000
Haim Ramon One Israel 28 11 July 2000 7 March 2001
Eli Yishai Shas 29 7 March 2001 23 May 2002
Ariel Sharon Likud 29 23 May 2002 3 June 2002
Eli Yishai Shas 29 3 June 2002 28 February 2003
Avraham Poraz Shinui 30 28 February 2003 4 December 2004
Ophir Pines-Paz Labor Party 30 10 January 2005 23 November 2005
Ariel Sharon Kadima 30 23 November 2005 4 May 2006
Roni Bar-On Kadima 31 4 May 2006 4 July 2007
Meir Sheetrit Kadima 31 4 July 2007 31 March 2009
Eli Yishai Shas 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
Gideon Sa'ar Likud 33 18 March 2013 5 November 2014
Gilad Erdan Likud 33 5 November 2014

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Name Party Governments Term start Term end
Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir National Religious Party 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 28 December 1959 15 December 1969
Yosef Goldschmidt National Religious Party 15 22 December 1969 16 July 1970
Yosef Goldschmidt National Religious Party 15 19 July 1970 1 September 1970
Rafael Pinhasi Shas 23 15 January 1990 11 June 1990
Salah Tarif Labor Party 25 27 November 1995 18 June 1996
David Azulai Shas 29 2 May 2001 23 May 2002
David Azulai Shas 29 3 June 2002 28 February 2003
Victor Brailovsky Shinui 30 5 March 2003 29 November 2004
Ruhama Avraham Kadima 30 30 March 2005 4 May 2006

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