Ministry of Economy (Israel)

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The Ministry of Economy (Hebrew: משרד הכלכלה‎, Misrad HaKalkala) is a ministry of the Israeli government that oversees commerce, industry and labor in Israel.

History[edit]

The ministry was established in 1948 as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. In 1977 the Tourism Ministry post was added to it, becoming the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism. However, the merger was reversed in 1981 and the office was renamed Ministry of Industry and Trade. Labor, which had been merged with the Welfare Ministry in the 1970s, was appended to the portfolio in 2003.

List of ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
Minister of Trade and Industry
1 Peretz Bernstein General Zionists P 14 May 1948 10 March 1949
2 Eliezer Kaplan Mapai 1 10 March 1949 1 November 1950
3 Ya'akov Geri Not an MK 2 1 November 1950 8 October 1951
4 Dov Yosef Mapai 3 8 October 1951 24 December 1952
Peretz Bernstein General Zionists 4, 5 24 December 1952 29 June 1955
5 Peretz Naftali Mapai 6 29 June 1955 3 November 1955
6 Pinchas Sapir Mapai 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 3 November 1955 25 May 1965
7 Haim Yosef Zadok Mapai, Alignment 12, 13 25 May 1965 22 November 1966
8 Ze'ev Sherf Alignment 13, 14 22 November 1966 15 December 1969
9 Yosef Sapir Gahal 15 15 December 1969 6 August 1970
Pinchas Sapir Alignment 15 1 September 1970 5 March 1972
10 Haim Bar-Lev Not an MK 15, 16, 17 5 March 1972 20 June 1977 Not an MK at the time of his appointment, but later elected to the Knesset on the Alignment list
Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism
11 Yigal Hurvitz Likud 18 20 June 1977 1 October 1978
12 Gideon Patt Likud 18 15 January 1979 5 August 1981
Minister of Industry and Trade
Gideon Patt Likud 19, 20 5 August 1981 13 September 1984
13 Ariel Sharon Likud 21, 22, 23 13 September 1984 20 February 1990
14 Moshe Nissim Likud 23, 24 7 March 1990 13 July 1992
15 Michael Harish Labor Party 25, 26 13 July 1992 18 June 1996
16 Natan Sharansky Yisrael BaAliyah 27 18 June 1996 6 July 1999
17 Ran Cohen Meretz 28 6 July 1999 24 June 2000
18 Ehud Barak One Israel 28 24 September 2000 7 March 2001
19 Dalia Itzik Labor Party 29 7 March 2001 2 November 2002
Ariel Sharon Likud 29 2 November 2002 28 February 2003
Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor
20 Ehud Olmert Likud, Kadima 30 28 February 2003 4 May 2006
21 Eli Yishai Shas 31 4 May 2006 31 March 2009
22 Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Labor Party 32 31 March 2009 17 January 2011
23 Shalom Simhon Independence 32 18 January 2011 22 January 2013
Minister of the Economy
24 Naftali Bennett The Jewish Home 33 23 January 2013 14 May 2015
25 Aryeh Deri Shas 34 14 May 2015

Deputy ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end
1 Zalman Suzayiv General Zionists 4, 5 15 June 1953 29 June 1955
2 Aryeh Eliav Alignment 13 17 October 1966 22 November 1966
Aryeh Eliav Alignment 13 28 November 1966 26 June 1967
3 Yitzhak Peretz Likud 18 28 June 1977 15 January 1979
4 Masha Lubelsky Labor Party 25, 26 4 August 1992 18 June 1996
5 Eli Ben-Menachem Labor Party 29 7 March 2001 2 November 2002
6 Michael Ratzon Likud 30 5 March 2003 28 October 2004
7 Eli Aflalo Kadima 30 30 March 2005 4 May 2006
8 Orit Noked Labor Party 32 31 March 2009 18 January 2011

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