Nineteenth government of Israel

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The Nineteenth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַתְּשַׁע עֶשְׂרֵה, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el HaT'sha esre) was formed by Menachem Begin on 5 August 1981, following the June elections. Begin included Likud, the National Religious Party, Agudat Yisrael, Tami and Telem in his coalition, which held 63 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, and the cabinet had 17 ministers. On 26 August Tehiya joined the coalition, and the number of ministers rose to 18.

Begin resigned as Prime Minister in August 1983, and Yitzhak Shamir formed the twentieth government on 10 October, which held office until after the 1984 elections.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Menachem Begin Likud
Deputy Prime Minister Simha Erlich (until 19 June 1983) 1 Likud
David Levy (from 3 November 1981) Likud
Minister of Agriculture Simha Erlich (until 19 June 1983) 1 Likud
Menachem Begin Likud
Minister of Communications Mordechai Tzipori Likud
Minister of Defense Ariel Sharon (until 14 February 1983) Likud
Menachem Begin (14–23 February 1983) Likud
Moshe Arens (from 23 February 1983) Not an MK 2
Minister of Economics and
Inter-Ministry Co-ordination
Ya'akov Meridor Not an MK 2
Minister of Education and Culture Zevulun Hammer National Religious Party
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Yitzhak Berman (until 30 September 1982) 3 Likud
Yitzhak Moda'i (from 19 October 1982) Likud
Minister of Finance Yoram Aridor Likud
Minister of Foreign Affairs Yitzhak Shamir Likud
Minister of Health Eliezer Shostak Likud
Minister of Housing and Construction David Levy Likud
Minister of Immigrant Absorption Aharon Abuhatzira (until 4 May 1982) 4 Tami
Aharon Uzan (from 4 May 1982) Tami
Minister of Industry and Trade Gideon Patt Likud
Minister of Internal Affairs Yosef Burg National Religious Party
Minister of Justice Moshe Nissim Likud
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Aharon Abuhatzira (until 2 May 1982) 4 Tami
Aharon Uzan (from 3 May 1982) Tami
Minister of Religious Affairs Yosef Burg National Religious Party
Minister of Science and Development Yuval Ne'eman (from 26 July 1982) Tehiya
Minister of Tourism Gideon Patt (until 11 August 1981) Likud
Avraham Sharir (from 1 August 1981) Likud
Minister of Transportation Haim Corfu Likud
Minister without Portfolio Yitzhak Moda'i (until 19 October 1982) Likud
Mordechai Ben-Porat (from 5 July 1982) Telem, Movement for the Renewal of Social Zionism
Ariel Sharon (from 14 February 1982) Likud
Sarah Doron (from 5 July 1983) Likud
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Dov Shilansky Likud
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Michael Dekel Likud
Pesach Grupper Likud
Deputy Minister of Defense Mordechai Tzipori Likud
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Miriam Glazer-Ta'asa Likud
Deputy Minister of Finance Haim Kaufman (from 28 August 1981) Likud
Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Moshe Katsav Likud
Deputy Minister of Immigrant Absorption Aharon Uzan (until 5 May 1982) Tami
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Ben-Zion Rubin Tami
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Haim Drukman (until 2 March 1982) National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Transportation David Shiffman (until 18 October 1982) 1 Likud

1 Died in office.

2 Although Arens was not an MK at the time, he had been elected to the Knesset on the Likud list.

3 Berman resigned from the government due to its attitude towards the Kahan Commission.[1]

3 Abuhatzira resigned from the government after being convicted of larceny, breach of trust and fraud.[2]

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