Environmental Protection Ministry (Israel)

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The Environmental Protection Ministry (Hebrew: המשרד להגנת הסביבה‎, HaMisrad LeHaganat HaSviva; Arabic: وزارة حماية البيئة‎) is a government ministry in Israel. It is responsible for protecting the cleanliness of all public areas, preventing contamination of water resources and animal rights issues. It was formerly known as the Ministry of the Environment (Hebrew: המשרד לאיכות הסביבה‎, HaMisrad LeEikhut HaSviva).

A basic volunteer for the ministry is called a "Ne'eman Nikayon", translated literally as a "clean trustee" but more accurately described as a volunteer cleanliness protection officer. They are certified under the "Cleanliness protection law of 1984". A volunteer must pass a one-day course where they learn the basic laws involved in their ability to report violations of Israeli littering laws. Once certified, a volunteer can write out tickets against violators and submit them directly to the ministry for processing. In almost all cases a simple fine is issued (ranging from 250–8000 Israeli new sheqels), but under some circumstances the case may be sent automatically to a judge (especially in the case of a repeat offender) to determine special punishment.

The environmental protection ministry has paid inspectors (Pakachim) who serve in a similar capacity as a basic volunteer, as well as holding additional powers according to Israeli law.

List of ministers[edit]

The Environmental Protection Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר להגנת הסביבה‎, Sar LeHaganat HaSviva) is the political head of the ministry. The post was created on 22 December 1988,[1] and until May 2006 was known as the Minister of the Environment (Hebrew: שר לאיכות הסביבה‎, Sar LeEikhut HaSviva). There has been a Deputy Minister on one occasion.

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
Minister of the Environment
1 Roni Milo Likud 23 22 December 1988 7 March 1990
2 Rafael Edri Alignment 23 7 March 1990 15 March 1990
3 Yitzhak Shamir Likud 24 11 June 1990 13 July 1992 Serving Prime Minister
4 Ora Namir Labor Party 25 13 July 1992 31 December 1992
5 Yossi Sarid Meretz 25, 26 31 December 1992 18 June 1996
6 Rafael Eitan Tzomet 27 28 June 1996 6 July 1999
7 Dalia Itzik One Israel 28 6 July 1999 7 March 2001
8 Tzachi Hanegbi Likud 29 7 March 2001 28 February 2003
9 Yehudit Naot Shinui 30 28 February 2003 17 October 2004
10 Ilan Shalgi Shinui 30 29 November 2004 4 December 2004 Acting Minister
11 Shalom Simhon Labor Party 30 10 January 2005 23 November 2005
12 Gideon Ezra Kadima 30 18 January 2006 4 May 2006
Minister of Environmental Protection
Gideon Ezra Kadima 31 4 May 2006 31 March 2009
13 Gilad Erdan Likud 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
14 Amir Peretz Hatnuah 33 18 March 2013 9 November 2014
15 Avi Gabai Not an MK 34 14 May 2015 Member of Kulanu

Deputy ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end
1 Yigal Bibi National Religious Party 24 20 November 1990 13 July 1992

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