Eleventh government of Israel

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First Eshkol Cabinet
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11th cabinet of Israel
Portrait of prime minister Levy Eshkol. August 1963. D699-070.jpg
Date formed 26 June 1963 (1963-06-26)
Date dissolved 22 December 1964 (1964-12-22)
People and organisations
Head of state Zalman Shazar
Head of government Levi Eshkol
Member parties Mapai
National Religious Party
Ahdut HaAvoda
Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Cooperation and Brotherhood
Progress and Development
Status in legislature coalition
Opposition leader Menachem Begin
Legislature term(s) 5th Knesset
Predecessor 10th Cabinet of Israel
Successor 12th cabinet of Israel
Eleventh government of Israel on the occasion of president Zalman Shazar's 75th birthday, 1964

The eleventh government of Israel was formed on 26 June 1963, midway through the fifth Knesset. It was the first government formed by Levi Eshkol following the second resignation of David Ben-Gurion.

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. There were few changes, with Eshkol replacing Ben-Gurion in the dual role of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Pinhas Sapir replacing Eshkol as Minister of Finance, and Abba Eban replacing Zalman Aran as Education Minister, as well as becoming the country's second Deputy Prime Minister. Eshkol presented it as a "government of continuity".[1] Deputy Ministers were appointed on 1 July.

The government resigned following the resignation of Eshkol on 14 December 1964. Eshkol had quit over a dispute with Ben-Gurion concerning the Lavon Affair, which Ben Gurion had demanded that the Supreme Court investigate. The twelfth government was formed a week later.

Cabinet members[edit]

Position Person Party
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol Mapai
Deputy Prime Minister Abba Eban Mapai
Minister of Agriculture Moshe Dayan (until 4 November 1964) Mapai
Haim Gvati (from 9 November 1964) Not an MK 1
Minister of Defense Levi Eshkol Mapai
Minister of Development Yosef Almogi Mapai
Minister of Education and Culture Zalman Aran Mapai
Minister of Finance Pinhas Sapir Mapai
Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir Mapai
Minister of Health Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party
Minister of Housing Yosef Almogi 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 Trade and Industry Pinhas Sapir Mapai
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Bar-Yehuda Ahdut HaAvoda
Minister of Welfare Yosef Burg National Religious Party
Minister without Portfolio Akiva Govrin (from 1 December 1963) Mapai
Deputy Minister of Defense Shimon Peres Mapai
Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Kalman Kahana Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Aharon Yadlin (from 1 June 1964) Mapai
Deputy Minister of Health Yitzhak Rafael 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 Alignment, a merger or 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 Alignment, an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda.


  1. ^ 1963 timeline Jewish Agency for Israel

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