Tourism Ministry (Israel)

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The Ministry of Tourism (Hebrew: מִשְׂרַד הַתַּיָּרוּת, translit. Misrad HaTayarut) is the Israeli government office responsible for tourism.

The office was created in 1964, with Akiva Govrin being the first minister, but was appended to the Trade and Industry ministry between 1977 and 1981.

Minister of Tourism[edit]

The Minister of Tourism (Hebrew: שָׁר הַתַּיָּרוּת, Sar HaTayarut) is the political head of the ministry and a member of the Israeli cabinet. The position is currently held by Uzi Landau of Likud Yisrael Beitenu.

Ehud Barak is the only Prime Minister to have held the position whilst serving as the Prime Minister, whilst Moshe Katsav, who was Minister of Tourism from 1996 to 1999, went on to become President. On one occasion there was a Deputy Minister of Tourism.

List of ministers[edit]

Parties

      Mapai/Alignment/Labor       Independent Liberals       Likud       Centre       NU/NRP       Yisrael Beiteinu       Kadima

Status

      Acting Minister

No. Name Party Term of office Govt. (P.M.)
1 Akiva Govrin Mapai 22 December 1964 12 January 1966 12 (Eshkol)
2 Moshe Kol[1] Independent Liberals 12 January 1966 20 June 1977 13 (Eshkol)
14·15·16 (Meir)
17 (Rabin)
Ministry merged into Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism 1977–1981.
3 Gideon Patt Likud 5 August 1981 11 August 1981 19 (Begin)
4 Avraham Sharir Likud 11 August 1981 22 December 1988 19 (Begin)
20 (Shamir)
21 (Peres)
22 (Shamir)
(3) Gideon Patt Likud 22 December 1988 13 July 1992 23·24 (Shamir)
5 Uzi Baram Labor 13 July 1992 18 June 1996 25 (Rabin)
26 (Peres)
6 Moshe Katsav Likud 18 June 1996 6 July 1999 27 (Netanyahu)
Ehud Barak (as PM) One Israel (Labor) 6 July 1999 5 August 1999 28 (Barak)
7 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Centre Party 5 August 1999 7 March 2001
8 Rehavam Ze'evi National Union 7 March 2001 17 October 2001[2] 29 (Sharon)
9 Binyamin Elon National Union 31 October 2001 14 March 2002
10 Yitzhak Levy National Religious Party 18 September 2002 28 February 2003
(9) Binyamin Elon National Union 28 February 2003 6 June 2004[3] 30 (Sharon)
11 Gideon Ezra Likud 4 July 2004[4] 31 August 2004
31 August 2004 10 January 2005
12 Avraham Hirschson Kadima 10 January 2005 4 May 2006
13 Isaac Herzog Labor 4 May 2006 21 March 2007 31 (Olmert)
14 Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu 21 March 2007 16 January 2008
15 Ruhama Avraham Kadima 14 July 2008 31 March 2009
16 Stas Misezhnikov Yisrael Beiteinu 31 March 2009 2013 32 (Netanyahu)
16 Uzi Landau Yisrael Beiteinu 2013 Incumbent 33 (Netanyahu)

1 Kol resigned from the Knesset when appointed Minister in line with Independent Liberals party policy.

2 Ze'evi was assassinated on 17 October 2001.

3 Elon was sacked from the cabinet after the National Union refused to support Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. In an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to prevent him from being fired before a cabinet vote on the plan by avoiding receiving notification of his sacking, Elon went into hiding.

4 Ezra was initially appointed Acting Minister of Tourism, with the position made permanent on 31 August 2004.

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Parties

      Independent Liberals

No. Name Party Term of office Govt.
1 Yehuda Sha'ari Independent Liberals 22 December 1969 10 March 1974 15

See also[edit]

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