Twenty-sixth government of Israel

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The twenty-sixth government of Israel (Hebrew: מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל הַעֶשְׂרִים וְשֵׁשׁ, translit. Memshelet Yisra'el HaEsrim VeShesh) was formed by Shimon Peres of the Labor Party on 22 November 1995, following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin on 4 November. Peres kept the same coalition as previously, namely the Labor Party, Meretz and Yiud, which together held only 58 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. However, they government was also supported, but not joined, by Hadash and the Arab Democratic Party, which held an additional five seats between them.[1]

Although the Labor Party won the May 1996 Knesset elections, Peres was narrowly defeated by Binyamin Netanyahu in the country's first election for Prime Minister, meaning that the Likud leader formed the twenty-seventh government, which he completed on 18 June.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Shimon Peres Labor Party
Minister of Agriculture Ya'akov Tzur Not an MK 1
Minister of Communications Shulamit Aloni Meretz
Minister of Defense Shimon Peres Labor Party
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Amnon Rubinstein Meretz
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Gonen Segev Yiud
Minister of the Environment Yossi Sarid Meretz
Minister of Finance Avraham Shochat Labor Party
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ehud Barak 2 Labor Party
Minister of Health Efraim Sneh Labor Party
Minister of Housing and Construction Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Labor Party
Minister of Immigrant Absorption Yair Tzaban Meretz
Minister of Industry and Trade Michael Harish Labor Party
Minister of Internal Affairs Haim Ramon Labor Party
Minister of Internal Security Moshe Shahal Labor Party
Minister of Justice David Libai Labor Party
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Ora Namir (until 21 May 1996)3 Labor Party
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Yossi Beilin Labor Party
Minister of Religious Affairs Shimon Sheetrit Labor Party
Minister of Science and the Arts Shulamit Aloni Meretz
Minister of Tourism Uzi Baram Labor Party
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Kessar Labor Party
Minister without Portfolio Yehuda Amital Not an MK 4
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Walid Haj Yahia Meretz
Deputy Minister of Defense Uri Or (from 27 November 1995) Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Micha Goldman Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Dayan Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Health Nawaf Massalha Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Eli Ben-Menachem Labor Party
Alex Goldfarb Yiud
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Masha Lubelsky Labor Party
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Salah Tarif Labor Party

1 Although Tzur was not a Knesset member at the time, he had previously been elected on the Alignment list, and was a Labor Party member.

2 Although Barak was not a Knesset member at the time, he was elected to the next Knesset on the Labor Party list.

3 Namir resigned from the government after being appointed ambassador to China.

4 Although Amital was never a Knesset member, he was the founder of Meimad.

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