Ministry of Welfare and Social Services

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The Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Services (Hebrew: משרד הרווחה והשירותים החברתיים‎, Misrad HaRevaha VeHaSherutim HaHevrati'im) is the branch of government charged to ensure the welfare of the public in Israel and oversee the supply of services.

The current Minister of Welfare and Social Services Minister is Meir Cohen.

History[edit]

The ministry was originally divided into two separate ministries – the Labor Ministry and the Welfare Ministry. In 1977 they were united to be the Welfare and Labor Ministry according to the view that labor can lead to welfare. In the term of the second government of Ariel Sharon (2003), the responsibility of work-related issues was transferred to the Industry, Trade and Labor ministry and in 2007 the name was changed to be Welfare and Social Services Ministry.

Welfare and Social Services Minister[edit]

The Welfare and Social Services Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר הרווחה והשירותים החברתיים‎, Sar HaRevaha VeHaSherutim HaHevrati'im) is the political head of the ministry and part of the Israeli cabinet.

List of ministers[edit]

Parties

      Agudat/URF/HHaM/NRP       Shas       Yesh Atid       Mapai/Alignment/Labor       Likud       Tami       Kadima       Independent

Status

      Acting Minister

No. Name Party Term of office Govt. (P.M.)
1 Yitzhak-Meir Levin Agudat Yisrael;
United Religious Front
14 May 1948 18 September 1952 Prov·1·2·3 (Ben-Gurion)
2 Haim-Moshe Shapira Hapoel HaMizrachi;
National Religious Party
24 December 1952 1 July 1958 4 (Ben-Gurion)
5·6 (Sharett)
7·8 (Ben-Gurion)
3 Peretz Naftali Mapai 25 January 1959 17 December 1959 8 (Ben-Gurion)
4 Yosef Burg National Religious Party 17 December 1959 1 September 1970 9·10 (Ben-Gurion)
11·12·13 (Eshkol)
14·15 (Meir)
5 Michael Hasani National Religious Party 1 September 1970 4 April 1974 15·16 (Meir)
6 Victor Shem-Tov Alignment (Mapam) 3 June 1974 29 October 1974 17 (Rabin)
(5) Michael Hasani National Religious Party 30 October 1974 2 July 1975[1]
Yitzhak Rabin (as PM) Alignment (Labor) 7 July 1975 29 July 1975
(4) Yosef Burg National Religious Party 29 July 1975 4 November 1975
7 Zevulun Hammer National Religious Party 4 November 1975 22 December 1976
8 Moshe Baram Alignment (Labor) 16 January 1977 20 June 1977
Menachem Begin (as PM) Likud 20 June 1977 24 October 1977 18 (Begin)
9 Yisrael Katz Not an MK 24 October 1977 5 August 1981
10 Aharon Abuhatzira Tami 5 August 1981 2 May 1982
11 Aharon Uzan Tami 3 May 1982 13 September 1984 19 (Begin)
20 (Shamir)
12 Moshe Katsav Likud 13 September 1984 22 December 1988 21 (Peres)
22 (Shamir)
13 Yitzhak Shamir Likud 22 December 1988 7 March 1990 23 (Shamir)
14 Roni Milo Likud 7 March 1990 11 June 1990 24 (Shamir)
15 Yitzhak Shamir (as PM) Likud 11 June 1990 13 July 1992
Yitzhak Rabin (as PM) Labor 13 July 1992 31 December 1992 25 (Rabin)
16 Ora Namir Labor 31 December 1992 21 May 1996 25 (Rabin)
26 (Peres)
17 Eli Yishai Shas 18 June 1996 11 July 2000 27 (Netanyahu)
28 (Barak)
18 Ra'anan Cohen One Israel (Labor) 10 August 2000 7 March 2001 28 (Barak)
19 Shlomo Benizri Shas 7 March 2001 23 May 2002 29 (Sharon)
Ariel Sharon (as PM) Likud 23 May 2002 3 June 2002
(19) Shlomo Benizri Shas 3 June 2002 28 February 2003
20 Zevulun Orlev National Religious Party 3 March 2003 11 November 2004 30 (Sharon)
21 Ehud Olmert (as PM) Kadima 4 May 2006 21 March 2007 31 (Olmert)
22 Isaac Herzog Labor 21 March 2007 17 January 2011 31 (Olmert)
32 (Netanyahu)
23 Moshe Kahlon Likud 19 January 2011 18 March 2013 32 (Netanyahu)
24 Meir Cohen Yesh Atid 18 March 2013 04 December 2014 33 (Netanyahu)
Benjamin Netanyahu (as PM) Likud 04 December 2014 Incumbent 33 (Netanyahu)

1 Died in office

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