Ministry of Public Security (Israel)

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The Ministry of Public Security (Hebrew: המשרד לביטחון הפנים‎), also Ministry of Internal Security, is a government agency of Israel. It is the statewide law enforcement agency and oversees the Israel Police, the Israel Prison Service and the Israel National Fire and Rescue Services. The current Minister of Public Security is Gilad Erdan.

List of ministers[edit]

The Minister of Public Security (Hebrew: שר לביטחון פנים‎, Sar LeVitahon Pnim) is the political head of the ministry. Until 1995 the position was known as Minister of Police (Hebrew: שר המשטרה‎, Sar HaMishtara). The first Minister of Police, Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit, was a former policeman, and served in the position from Israeli independence in May 1948 until a month before his death in January 1967, serving in fourteen governments and making him the country's longest continually serving minister. The post was abolished after Menachem Begin became Prime Minister in 1977, but was reinstated in 1984 when Shimon Peres became PM. There is occasionally a Deputy Minister of Public Security.

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
Minister of Police
1 Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Sephardim & Oriental Communities
Mapai
Alignment
P, 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13
May 14, 1948 January 2, 1967
2 Eliyahu Sasson Alignment
Labor Party
Alignment
13, 14 January 2, 1967 December 15, 1969
3 Shlomo Hillel Alignment 15, 16, 17 December 15, 1969 June 20, 1977
4 Haim Bar-Lev Alignment 21, 22, 23 September 13, 1984 March 15, 1990
5 Roni Milo Likud 24 June 11, 1990 July 13, 1992
6 Moshe Shahal Labor Party 25 July 13, 1992 22 November 1995
Minister of Internal Security
Moshe Shahal Labor Party 26 22 November 1995 June 18, 1996
7 Avigdor Kahalani Third Way 27 June 18, 1996 July 6, 1999
8 Shlomo Ben-Ami One Israel 28 July 6, 1999 March 7, 2001
9 Uzi Landau Likud 29 March 7, 2001 February 28, 2003
10 Tzachi Hanegbi Likud 30 February 28, 2003 September 6, 2004
11 Gideon Ezra Likud
Kadima
30 September 6, 2004 May 4, 2006 Initially appointed Acting Minister, with position made permanent on 29 November 2004
12 Avi Dichter Kadima 31 May 4, 2006 April 1, 2009
13 Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu 32, 33 1 April 2009 14 May 2015
14 Yariv Levin Likud 34 14 May 2015 25 May 2015
14 Gilad Erdan Likud 34 25 May 2015

Deputy ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end
1 Gideon Ezra Likud 29 March 7, 2001 February 28, 2003
2 Yaakov Edri Likud
Kadima
30 March 10, 2003 January 18, 2006

Public Security Agencies[edit]

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