Thirty-third government of Israel
33rd Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||18 March 2013|
|People and organizations|
|Head of government||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Head of state||Reuven Rivlin|
|Member party||Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu
The Jewish Home
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Election(s)||Knesset elections, 2013|
|Legislature term(s)||19th Knesset|
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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) 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, with Hatnuah having already agreed to become part of the government in February. 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. On December 2, 2014, Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers, dissolving the government ahead of schedule.
Following demands from Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid for a smaller government, the cabinet was designated to have 20 ministers and eight deputy ministers. However, the government that was sworn in contained 22 ministers (not including Avigdor Lieberman) and eight deputy ministers. Following unanimous acquittal by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, Netanyahu welcomed the decision and said that Avigdor Lieberman would return to government.
|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|
|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|
|This section requires expansion. (June 2014)|
Finance Minister and Yesh Atid's Lapid threatened to bring down the government if West Bank settlements were unilaterally annexed. Justice Minister and Hatanua's Livni also threatened to leave the government. 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. 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.
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