Twelfth government of Israel

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The twelfth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשְׁתֵּיִם עֶשְׂרֵה, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el HaShteim esre) was formed by Levi Eshkol on 22 December 1964, towards the end of the fifth Knesset.

Eshkol kept the same coalition partners as previously, i.e. Mapai, the National Religious Party, Ahdut HaAvoda, Poalei Agudat Yisrael, Cooperation and Brotherhood and Progress and Development. The only change to the cabinet was Akiva Govrin becoming the country's first Minister of Tourism, having been a Minister without Portfolio in the previous government.

Yosef Almogi and Shimon Peres resigned from the cabinet in May 1965 due to their opposition of the alliance between Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda.[1] Both joined Ben-Gurion's new party, Rafi in July.

The government served until 12 January 1966, when the thirteenth government took power following the November 1965 elections.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol Mapai
Deputy Prime Minister Abba Eban Mapai
Minister of Agriculture Haim Gvati Not an MK 1
Minister of Defense Levi Eshkol Mapai
Minister of Development Yosef Almogi (until 25 May 1965) Mapai
Haim Yosef Zadok (from 31 May 1965) Mapai
Minister of Education and Culture Zalman Aran Mapai
Minister of Finance Pinchas Sapir Mapai
Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir Mapai
Minister of Health Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party
Minister of Housing Yosef Almogi (until 23 May 1965) Mapai
Levi Eshkol (from 31 May 1965) Mapai
Minister of Internal Affairs Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party
Minister of Justice Dov Yosef Not an MK 2
Minister of Labour Yigal Allon Mapai
Minister of Police Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Mapai
Minister of Postal Services Eliyahu Sasson Not an MK 3
Minister of Religions Zerach Warhaftig National Religious Party
Minister of Tourism Akiva Govrin Mapai
Minister of Trade and Industry Pinchas Sapir (until 25 May 1965) Mapai
Haim Yosef Zadok (from 25 May 1965) Mapai
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Bar-Yehuda (until 4 May 1965) 4 Ahdut HaAvoda
Moshe Carmel (from 30 May 1965) Ahdut HaAvoda
Minister of Welfare Yosef Burg National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Defense Shimon Peres (until 25 May 1965) Mapai
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Kalman Kahana (until 22 November 1965) Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Aharon Yadlin Mapai
Deputy Minister of Health Yitzhak Rafael (until 22 March 1965) National Religious Party
Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir (from 24 March 1965) National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir National Religious Party

1 Although Gvati was not an MK at the time, he later entered the Knesset as a member of the Labour Alignment, an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda.

2 Although Yosef was not an MK at the time, he was a member of Mapai.

3 Although Sasson was not an MK at the time, he was elected to the next Knesset as a member of the Labour Alignment, an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda.

4 Died in office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1965 timeline Jewish Agency for Israel

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