Strategic Affairs Minister of Israel
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The Strategic Affairs Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר לנושאים אסטרטגיים, Sar LeNos'im Estrategim) is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and a member of the cabinet. The portfolio and ministry was created in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party had just joined the governing coalition. Lieberman had demanded the Internal Security post, but at the time was under police investigation, and the post was already held by Avi Dichter. As a result, a new post and ministry were created, with the role of co-ordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding Iran and other strategic threats, reporting to Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. Lieberman left the government on 18 January 2008, and the ministry was closed down three months later.
Following the formation of a new government in March 2009, the post and the ministry were resurrected;
Following the 2013 elections, the ministry was combined with Ministry of Intelligence and brought under the umbrella of the newly established Ministry of International Relations. Yuval Steinitz is the current minister of all three portfolios.
List of Minsters
|No.||Name||Portrait||Party||Term of office||Govt. (P.M.)|
|1||Avigdor Lieberman||Yisrael Beiteinu||30 October 2006||18 January 2008||31 (Olmert)|
|Kadima||18 January 2008||13 April 2008|
|Ministry discontinued 2008–2009.|
|3||Moshe Ya'alon||Likud||31 March 2009||18 March 2013||32 (Netanyahu)|
|3||Yuval Shteinitz||Likud||18 March 2013||Incumbent||33 (Netanyahu)|
- Gov't shuts down Strategic Affairs Ministry The Jerusalem Post, 13 April 2008
- Security and Defense: Who's in charge of whom and over what? The Jerusalem Post, 2 April 2009