Thirty-third government of Israel

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Netanyahu III cabinet
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33rd Cabinet of Israel
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Date formed 18 March 2013
People and organizations
Head of government Benjamin Netanyahu
Head of state Reuven Rivlin
Member party Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu
Yesh Atid
The Jewish Home
Hatnuah
Status in legislature Coalition
History
Election(s) Knesset elections, 2013
Legislature term(s) 19th Knesset
Previous 32nd
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The thirty-third government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשְׁלוֹשִׁים וְשָׁלוֹשׁ, Mem'shelet Yisra'el HaShloshim VeShalosh ; also known as the Third Netanyahu Government)[1] is the current government of Israel. It was formed after the January 2013 Knesset elections and was sworn in on March 18th. The final coalition deal between Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu, Yesh Atid and the Jewish Home was signed on 15 March,[2] with Hatnuah having already agreed to become part of the government in February.[3] Between them the parties hold 68 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The parties agreed to a deal that would raise the voting threshold in future elections from 2 to 4 percent; had this restriction been effect in the 2013 elections, Kadima and the three Arab parties would have failed to qualify for seats in the Knesset. Some have suggested the change was implemented as an attempt to limit Arab representation, but that it could ultimately force the Arab parties to merge and this would bring greater unity in the long run.[4] On December 2, 2014, Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers, dissolving the government ahead of schedule.

Cabinet members[edit]

Following demands from Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid for a smaller government, the cabinet was designated to have 20 ministers and eight deputy ministers.[5] However, the government that was sworn in contained 22 ministers (not including Avigdor Lieberman) and eight deputy ministers.[6] Following unanimous acquittal by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, Netanyahu welcomed the decision and said that Avigdor Lieberman would return to government.[7]

Portfolio Minister Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
Benjamin Netanyahu Likud
Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman since 11/11/2013 Yisrael Beiteinu
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Yair Shamir Yisrael Beiteinu
Minister of Communications
Minister of Home Front Defense till 30/06/2014
Gilad Erdan Likud
Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat Likud
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon Likud
Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
Minister of Energy and Water Resources
Minister of Regional Cooperation
Silvan Shalom Likud
Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel The Jewish Home
Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver Yisrael Beiteinu
Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor
Minister of Religious Affairs
Naftali Bennett since 29/04/2013 The Jewish Home
Minister of Intelligence
Minister of International Relations
Minister of Strategic Affairs
Yuval Steinitz Likud
Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu
Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau Yisrael Beitenu
Minister of Transportation, National Infrastructure and Road Safety Yisrael Katz Likud

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Portfolio Minister Party
Deputy Minister of Education Avi Wortzman The Jewish Home
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi Likud
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Faina Kirschenbaum Yisrael Beiteinu
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Ofir Akunis Likud
Deputy Minister of Religious Services Eli Ben-Dahan The Jewish Home
Deputy Minister of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety Tzipi Hotovely Likud

Former members[edit]

Post Minister Party Term started Term ended Notes
Minister of Education Shai Piron Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Resigned after Yair Lapid was sacked
Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz Hatnuah 18 March 2013 11 November 2014 Resigned after opposing the government's budget plans
Minister of Finance Yair Lapid Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Sacked by Benjamin Netanyahu
Minister of Health Yael German Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Resigned after Yair Lapid was sacked
Minister of Internal Affairs Gideon Sa'ar Likud 18 March 2013 4 November 2014 Left politics
Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni Hatnuah 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Sacked by Benjamin Netanyahu
Minister of Pensioner Affairs Uri Orbach The Jewish Home 18 March 2013 16 February 2015 Orbach died in office
Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ya'akov Peri Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Resigned after Yair Lapid was sacked
Minister of Welfare and Social Services Meir Cohen Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Resigned after Yair Lapid was sacked
Deputy Minister of Defence Danny Danon Likud 18 March 2013 16 July 2014 Sacked by Benjamin Netanyahu
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ze'ev Elkin Likud 18 March 2013 12 May 2014 Became Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Deputy Minister of Finance Mickey Levy Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 4 December 2014 Resigned after Yair Lapid was sacked

Issues[edit]

Finance Minister and Yesh Atid's Lapid threatened to bring down the government if West Bank settlements were unilaterally annexed.[8] Justice Minister and Hatanua's Livni also threatened to leave the government.[9] It came at a time that Ariel called for the construction of more houses in the area in response to the Fatah-Hamas national unity government deal.[10] The issue was further complicated when Jewish Home's Bennett said that the proposal to annex settled parts of the West Bank was "the only sane plan." He added: "It’s no secret that for dozens of years there has been a chasmic disagreement on how to leave the settlements. It hasn’t proven itself." Government spokesman Mark Regev declined to comment on the proposal and its opposition.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ממשלת נתניהו השלישית: מפלגת השלטון הופכת". NRG. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jewish Home, Yesh Atid ink coalition deal with Likud-Beytenu". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Raising threshold for Israeli cabinet proposes challenge to Arab parties". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "PM, Lapid agree: 20 ministers, 8 deputies in next government". ynet. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Governments of Israel". Knesset.gov.il. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Israel's Lieberman to return to government". Aljazeera.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "PressTV-'Bibi, stop annexing settlements in WB'". Presstv.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Yair Lapid: If even one settlement is annexed, we’ll topple the government - Diplomacy & Politics - Jerusalem Post". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Yair Lapid, Ariel: Hamas-Fatah government shows Palestinians don't want peace - Diplomacy & Politics - Jerusalem Post". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Ferziger. "Israel Minister Says Annexing West Bank ‘Only Sane Plan’". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 

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