Ministry of Public Security (Israel)

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The Ministry of Public Security (Hebrew: המשרד לביטחון הפנים‎, Arabic: وزارة الأمن الداخلي‎), also Ministry of Internal Security, is a government agency of Israel. It is the statewide law enforcement agency and oversees the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service and the Israel National Fire and Rescue Services.

Minister of Public Security[edit]

The Minister of Public Security (Hebrew: שר לביטחון פנים‎, Sar LeVitahon Pnim) is the political head of the ministry. Until 1995 the position was known as Minister of Police (Hebrew: שר המשטרה‎, Sar HaMishtara). It should not be confused with the Minister of Internal Affairs.

The first Minister of Police, Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit, was a former policeman, and served in the position from Israeli independence in May 1948 until a month before his death in January 1967, serving in fourteen governments and making him the country's longest continually serving minister.

The post was abolished after Menachem Begin became Prime Minister in 1977, but was reinstated in 1984 when Shimon Peres became PM.

There is occasionally a Deputy Minister of Public Security.

List of ministers[edit]

Parties

      Mapai/Alignment/Labor       Likud       Third Way       Kadima       Yisrael Beiteinu

Status

      Acting Minister

No. Name Party Term of office Govt. (P.M.)
1 Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Sephardim & Oriental;
Mapai;
Alignment (Labor)
May 14, 1948 January 2, 1967 Prov·1·2·3·4 (Ben-Gurion)
5·6 (Sharett)
7·8·9·10 (Ben-Gurion)
11·12·13 (Eshkol)
2 Eliyahu Sasson Alignment (Labor) January 2, 1967 December 15, 1969 13 (Eshkol)
14 (Meir)
3 Shlomo Hillel Alignment (Labor) December 15, 1969 June 20, 1977 15·16 (Meir)
17 (Rabin)
Ministry abolished 1977–1984.
4 Haim Bar-Lev Alignment (Labor) September 13, 1984 March 15, 1990 21 (Peres)
22·23 (Shamir)
5 Roni Milo Likud June 11, 1990 July 13, 1992 24 (Shamir)
6 Moshe Shahal Labor July 13, 1992 June 18, 1996 25 (Rabin)
26 (Peres)
7 Avigdor Kahalani Third Way June 18, 1996 July 6, 1999 27 (Netanyahu)
8 Shlomo Ben-Ami One Israel (Labor) July 6, 1999 March 7, 2001 28 (Barak)
9 Uzi Landau Likud March 7, 2001 February 28, 2003 29 (Sharon)
10 Tzachi Hanegbi Likud February 28, 2003 September 6, 2004 30 (Sharon)
11 Gideon Ezra Likud; Kadima September 6, 2004[1] November 29, 2004
September 6, 2004 May 4, 2006
12 Avi Dichter Kadima May 4, 2006 April 1, 2009 31 (Olmert)
13 Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu April 1, 2009 Incumbent 32 (Netanyahu)

1 Ezra was initially appointed as Acting Minister, with his position confirmed as permanent on 29 November 2004.

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Parties

      Likud       Kadima

No. Name Party Term of office Govt.
1 Gideon Ezra Likud March 7, 2001 February 28, 2003 29
2 Yaakov Edri Likud; Kadima March 10, 2003 January 18, 2006 30

Public Security Agencies[edit]

External links[edit]