Science, Technology and Space Minister of Israel

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The Science, Technology and Space Minister is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space is one of the positions in the Israeli cabinet. The current minister is Yaakov Peri of Yesh Atid party. Raleb Majadele, who held the post between 2006 and 2009, was the country's first Muslim minister.

The minister is responsible for defining national policy on issues related to Science and technology in Israel, and promoting scientific and technological research, infrastructure and projects. In addition, under its jurisdiction, it acts to develop human capital, increase the social and economic vigor of Israeli society, and maintain equal opportunity in all areas of science and technology. Amongst its goals, the Ministry constitutes a connecting link between basic research, applied research and industrial development. Another central goal of the Ministry is to strengthen as well as initiate international scientific collaborations with other countries and international organization.[1]

The post has undergone several name changes:

  • 1982–84: Minister of Science and Development
  • 1984–88: Minister of Science and Technology
  • 1988–93: Minister of Science and Development
  • 1993–96: Minister of Science and the Arts
  • 1996–97: Minister of Science
  • 1997–99: Minister of Science and Technology
  • 1999: Minister of Science
  • 1999-02: Minister of Science, Culture and Sport
  • 2003–04: Minister of Science and Technology
  • 2006–09: Minister of Science, Culture and Sport
  • 2009–13: Minister of Science and Technology
  • 2013–present: Ministry of Science, Technology and Space[2]

Between 1949 and 1999, and again from 2003 until 2006, culture was included in the portfolio of the Education Minister. Similarly, sport was part of the Education Minister's portfolio between 1994 and 1999 and 2003 and 2006. With the creation of Benjamin Netanyahu's government in March 2009, the culture and sports portfolios were separated from the Ministry of Science and Technology and transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Sport. In April 2013, the Ministry added "Space" to its name to promote space research and technology.[2]

The position of Deputy Minister of Science and Technology has been filled once, in 1990–1991.

List of ministers[edit]

Minister Party Government(s) Term start Term end Notes
Yuval Ne'eman Likud 19, 20 26 July 1982 13 September 1984
Gideon Patt Likud 21, 22 13 September 1984 22 December 1988
Ezer Weizman Alignment 23 22 December 1988 15 March 1990
Yuval Ne'eman Likud 24 11 June 1990 21 January 1992
Amnon Rubinstein Meretz 25 13 July 1992 31 December 1992
Shimon Sheetrit Labour 25 13 July 1992 7 June 1993
Shulamit Aloni Meretz 26, 26 7 June 1993 18 June 1996
Benny Begin Likud 27 18 June 1996 16 January 1997
Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 27 18 June 1996 9 July 1997
Michael Eitan Likud 27 9 July 1997 13 July 1998
Silvan Shalom Likud 27 13 July 1998 6 July 1999
Ehud Barak One Israel 28 6 July 1999 5 August 1999
Matan Vilnai One Israel, Labour 28, 29 5 August 1999 2 November 2002
Eliezer Sandberg Shinui 30 28 February 2003 19 July 2004
Ilan Shalgi Shinui 30 24 July 2004 29 November 2004
Victor Brailovsky Shinui 30 29 November 2004 4 December 2004
Matan Vilnai Labour 30 28 August 2005 23 November 2005 Initially Acting, appointed permanently on 7 November
Roni Bar-On Kadima 30 18 January 2006 4 May 2006
Ophir Pines-Paz Labour 31 4 May 2006 1 November 2006
Yuli Tamir Labour 31 5 November 2006 21 March 2007 Acting Minister
Raleb Majadele Labour 31 21 March 2007 31 March 2009
Daniel Hershkowitz The Jewish Home 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
Yaakov Peri Yesh Atid 32 18 March 2013

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Minister Party Government(s) Term start Term end
Geula Cohen Tehiya 24 25 June 1990 31 October 1991

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Science and Technology Retrieved 2010-01-27
  2. ^ a b Siegel-Itzkovich, Judy. "Science, Technology Ministry adds ‘Space’ to name". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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