Thirty-first government of Israel
31st Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||4 May 2006|
|Date dissolved||31 March 2009|
|People and organizations|
|Head of government||Ehud Olmert|
|Head of state||Moshe Katsav (until 1 July 2007)
Shimon Peres (since 1 July 2007)
Yisrael Beiteinu (November 2006 - 16 January 2008)
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Binyamin Netanyahu|
|Outgoing election||February elections|
|Legislature term(s)||17th Knesset|
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The thirty-first government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשְׁלוֹשִׁים וְאַחַת, Mem'shelet Yisrael HaShloshim VeAkhat ) was formed by Ehud Olmert on 4 May 2006, following Kadima's victory in the March elections. His coalition initially included the Labor Party, Shas and Gil, and held 67 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The 11-seat Yisrael Beiteinu joined the coalition in November 2006, but left on 16 January 2008 in protest at peace talks with the Palestinian National Authority. With the inclusion of the Labor Party's Raleb Majadele as a Minister without Portfolio on 29 January 2007, it became the first Israeli cabinet to have a Muslim minister.
1 Peres left office when elected President.
2 Barak replaced Peretz when he defeated him in the party leadership election.
3 Pines-Paz resigned from the government in protest at the inclusion of Yisrael Beiteinu.
- Factional and Government Make-Up of the Seventeenth Knesset Knesset website
- Lieberman blasts Arab MKs, pulls party out of government Haaretz, 16 January 2008
- First Arab joins Israeli cabinet BBC News, 28 January 2007
- Seventeenth Knesset: Government 31 Knesset website