Thirteenth government of Israel

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The thirteenth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשְׁלוֹשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el HaShlosh esre) was formed by Levi Eshkol on 12 January 1966,[1] following the November 1965 elections. His coalition included the Alignment (an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda), the National Religious Party, Mapam, the Independent Liberals, Poalei Agudat Yisrael, Progress and Development and Cooperation and Brotherhood, and had eighteen ministers.

On 5 June 1967, the first day of the Six-Day War, Gahal and Rafi joined the government, with the number of ministers rising to 21. Eshkol died on 26 February 1969, and the government was temporarily led by Yigal Allon until Golda Meir formed the fourteenth government on 17 March 1969.

New posts in the government included the Minister of Immigrant Absorption and the Minister of Information.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol (until 26 February 1969) Alignment, Labor Party
Yigal Allon (interim after 26 February 1969) Alignment
Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon (after 1 July 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Minister of Agriculture Haim Gvati Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Defense Levi Eshkol (until 5 June 1967) Alignment
Moshe Dayan (after 5 June 1967) Rafi, Labor Party, Alignment
Minister of Development Moshe Kol Not an MK 1
Minister of Education and Culture Zalman Aran Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Finance Pinchas Sapir (until 5 August 1968) Alignment, Labor Party
Ze'ev Sherf (from 5 August 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abba Eban Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Health Yisrael Barzilai Not an MK 2
Minister of Housing Mordechai Bentov Not an MK 2
Minister of Immigrant Absorption Yigal Allon (from 1 July 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Minister of Information Yisrael Galili (from 5 June 1967) Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Internal Affairs Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party
Minister of Justice Ya'akov Shimshon Shapira Not an MK 3
Minister of Labour Yigal Allon (until 1 July 1968) Alignment, Labor Party
Yosef Almogi (from 8 July 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Minister of Police Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit (until 2 January 1967) Alignment
Eliyahu Sasson (from 2 January 1967) Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Postal Services Eliyahu Sasson (until 2 January 1967) Alignment
Yisrael Yeshayahu (from 2 January 1967) Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Religions Zerach Warhaftig National Religious Party
Minister of Tourism Moshe Kol Not an MK 1
Minister of Trade and Industry Haim Yosef Zadok (until 22 November 1966) Alignment
Ze'ev Sherf (from 22 November 1966) Alignment
Minister of Transportation Moshe Carmel Alignment, Labor Party
Minister of Welfare Yosef Burg National Religious Party
Minister without Portfolio Yisrael Galili (until 5 June 1967) Alignment
Menachem Begin (from 5 June 1967) Gahal
Yosef Sapir (from 5 June 1967) Gahal
Pinchas Sapir (from 5 August 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Aharon Uzan Alignment, Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Defense Zvi Dinstein (until 5 June 1967) Alignment
Deputy Minister of Development Yehuda Sha'ari Independent Liberals
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Kalman Kahana Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Aharon Yadlin Alignment, Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Finance Zvi Dinstein (from 24 July 1967) Labor Party, Alignment
Deputy Minister of Immigrant Absorption Aryeh Eliav (from 12 August 1968) Labor Party, Alignment
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Religions Binyamin Shahor National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Aryeh Eliav (17 October 1966 - 22 November 1966) Alignment
Aryeh Eliav (28 November 1966 - 26 June 1967) Alignment

¹ Kol was elected to the Knesset on the Independent Liberal list, but resigned his seat after being appointed to the cabinet.

2 Although Barzilai or Bentov were not MKs at the time, both were members of Mapam.

3 Although Shapira was not an MK at the time, he had previously been an MK for Mapai, and w elected to the next Knesset as a member of the Alignment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1966 Jewish Agency for Israel

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