Thirty-second government of Israel
|Netanyahu II cabinet|
|32nd Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||31 March 2009|
|Date dissolved||18 March 2013|
|People and organizations|
|Head of government||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Deputy head of government||Silvan Shalom
Shaul Mofaz (from 8 May 2012 to 17 July 2012)
|Head of state||Shimon Peres|
Labor Party (until 17 January 2011)
The Jewish Home
Independence (from 17 January 2011)
United Torah Judaism (from 1 April 2009)
Kadima (from 8 May 2012 to 17 July 2012)
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition cabinet||Shadow government|
|Opposition leader||Shaul Mofaz|
|Election(s)||Knesset elections, 2009|
|Legislature term(s)||18th Knesset|
The Thirty-second government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשְׁלוֹשִׁים וְשְׁתַּיִם, translit. Memshelet Yisrael HaShloshim VeShtaim), also known as the Second Netanyahu Government, was the largest cabinet in the country's history, in terms of the number of ministers: initially containing 30 ministers and nine deputy ministers, it later added another deputy prime minister as of May 2012 until he resigned in July 2012.
Changes since formation
On 1 April 2009, United Torah Judaism joined as well.
In January 2011, Labor Party leader Ehud Barak formed a breakaway party, Independence, which enabled him to maintain his loyal Labor's MK faction within Netanyahu's government, and prevented the departure of Labor party as a whole from Netanyahu's coalition-government. Labor previously threatened to force Barak to do so. After Barak's move, Netanyahu was able to maintain a majority of 66 MK (out 120 in the Knesset), previously having 74 MKs within his majority coalition.
On the 8th of May 2012, following weeks of speculation that early elections would be called, Netanyahu announced a new National Unity Coalition after striking a deal with Kadima head Shaul Mofaz bringing the coalition majority to 94 MKs, the largest in Israeli history.
Basic policy guidelines
A paper presented to the Knesset's approval alongside the Government said that the Government will:
- actively seek to fortify the national security and bestow personal security on its citizens while vigorously and determinedly fighting against violence and terror.
- advance the political process and act to promote peace with all our neighbors, while preserving the security, historic and national interests of Israel.
- advance a program to deal with the economic crisis and act to create economic conditions that will allow for sustainable growth, as well as create and maintain jobs in the economy.
- strive for social justice by reducing social gaps and uncompromisingly fight against poverty through education, employment and an increase in assistance to the weaker segments of the population.
- place the issue of immigration and immigrant absorption at the top of its list of priorities and will work vigorously to increase immigration from all countries of the world.
- place education at the center of its list of national priorities and will act to advance reforms in the education system.
- preserve the Jewish character of the State and the legacy of Israel, as well as honor the religions and traditions of members of other religions in the country in accordance with the values of the Declaration of Independence.
- act to advance governmental reforms to improve stability and governability.
- act to fortify the rule of law in Israel.
- act to protect the environment in Israel, improve the quality of life for the residents of the country and increase Israel’s participation in contributing to the global effort with regard to the climate and the environment.
The cabinet has 30 members.
|Deputy Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee||Ayoob Kara||Likud|
|Deputy Minister of Education||Meir Porush||United Torah Judaism|
|Deputy Minister of Finance||Yitzhak Cohen||Shas|
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs||Daniel Ayalon||Yisrael Beitenu|
|Deputy Minister of Health||Yaakov Litzman||United Torah Judaism|
|Deputy Minister of Pensioner Affairs||Lea Nass||Likud|
|Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office||Gila Gamliel||Likud|
- The Knesset approved: Netanyahu's government given a go Yedioth Ahronoth, 31 March 2009
- Largest Cabinet Ever Missing Health Minister Israel National News, 1 April 2009
- "Mofar Won't Stay Alone. Soon: More Ministers from Kadima".
- "Kadima quits Israel government over conscription law".
- He has failed the make-up test, too - Haaretz, 13 Mar 2009