Twenty-fourth government of Israel

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The twenty-fourth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַעֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבַּע, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el HaEsrim VeArba) was formed by Yitzhak Shamir of Likud on 11 June 1990.[1] This followed the failure of Alignment leader Shimon Peres to form a government, after the Alignment had pulled out of the previous national unity coalition, in an incident which became known as the dirty trick.

Shamir's coalition included Likud, the National Religious Party, Shas, Agudat Yisrael, Degel HaTorah, the New Liberal Party, Tehiya, Tzomet, Moledet, Unity for Peace and Immigration and Geulat Yisrael, and held 62 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. Some authors (including politologist Clive A. Jones and historians Avi Shlaim and Benny Morris[2]) later asserted that the 24th government of Israel was the most right-wing government in the country's history. Tehiya, Tzomet and Moledet all left the coalition in late 1991 and early 1992 in protest at Shamir's participation in the Madrid Conference, but the government remained in office until Yitzhak Rabin formed the twenty-fifth government, following the Labor Party's victory in the 1992 elections.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir Likud
Deputy Prime Minister David Levy Likud
Moshe Nissim Likud
Minister of Agriculture Rafael Eitan (until 31 December 1991) Tzomet
Minister of Communications Rafael Pinhasi Shas
Minister of Defense Moshe Arens Likud
Minister of Economics and Planning David Magen Likud
Minister of Education and Culture Zevulun Hammer National Religious Party
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Yuval Ne'eman (until 21 January 1992) Not an MK 1
Minister of the Environment Yitzhak Shamir Likud
Minister of Finance Yitzhak Moda'i Likud
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Levy Likud
Minister of Health Ehud Olmert Likud
Minister of Housing and Construction Ariel Sharon Likud
Minister of Immigrant Absorption Yitzhak Peretz Shas
Minister of Industry and Trade Moshe Nissim Likud
Minister of Internal Affairs Aryeh Deri Not an MK 2
Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Yitzhak Shamir (from 27 November 1990) Likud
Minister of Justice Dan Meridor Likud
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Yitzhak Shamir Likud
Minister of Police Roni Milo Likud
Minister of Religious Affairs Avner Shaki National Religious Party
Minister of Science and Development Yuval Ne'eman (until 21 January 1990) Not an MK 1
Minister of Tourism Gideon Patt Likud
Minister of Transportation Moshe Katsav Likud
Minister without Portfolio Rehavam Ze'evi (5 February 1991 - 12 January 1992) Moledet
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Yigal Bibi (2 August - 20 November 1990) National Religious Party
Shmuel Halpert (19 November 1990 - 8 June 1991) Agudat Yisrael
Binyamin Netanyahu (from 11 November 1991) Likud
Deputy Minister of Communications Efraim Gur (2 July - 20 November 1990) Unity for Peace and Immigration
Deputy Minister of Defense Ovadia Eli Likud
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Pinchas Goldstein (from 20 Novenmber 1990) New Liberal Party
Deputy Minister of the Environment Yigal Bibi (from 20 November 1990) National Religious Party
Deputy Minister of Finance Yosef Azran (from 2 July 1990) Alignment
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Binyamin Netanyahu (until 11 November 1991) Likud
Deputy Minister of Health Eliezer Mizrahi Agudat Yisrael, Geulat Yisrael
Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Avraham Ravitz Agudat Yisrael
Deputy Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Avraham Verdiger (from 27 November 1990) Agudat Yisrael
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Menachem Porush (from 19 November 1990) Agudat Yisrael
Shmuel Halpert (from 8 June 1991) Agudat Yisrael
Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Moshe Gafni (from 23 July 1990) Degel HaTorah
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Geula Cohen (until 31 October 1991) Tehiya
Deputy Minister of Transportation Pinchas Goldstein (2 July - 20 November 1990) New Liberal Party

1 Although Ne'eman was not a Knesset member at the time, he was a member of Tehiya.

2 Although Deri was not a Knesset member at the time, he was a member of Shas.

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