Internal Security Minister of Israel

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The Internal Security Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר לביטחון פנים‎, Sar LeBitahon Pnim) is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Internal Security, which oversees Israel Police and the Israel Prison Service, and a member of the Israeli cabinet. Until 1995 the position was known as Minister of Police (Hebrew: שר המשטרה‎, Sar HaMishtera). It should not be confused with the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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 Internal Security.

List of Internal Security ministers

Minister Party Government(s) Dates in Office
Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Sephardim & Oriental
Communities
, Mapai,
Labour Alignment
Provisional, 1st, 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th,
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th
14/5/1948 - 2/1/1967
Eliyahu Sasson Alignment 13th, 14th 2/1/1967 - 15/12/1969
Shlomo Hillel Alignment 15th, 16th, 17th 15/12/1969 - 20/6/1977
Haim Bar-Lev Alignment 21st, 22nd, 23rd 13/9/1984 - 15/3/1990
Roni Milo Likud 24th 11/6/1990 - 13/7/1992
Moshe Shahal Labour 25th, 26th 13/7/1992 - 18/6/1996
Avigdor Kahalani Third Way 27th 18/6/1996 - 6/7/1999
Shlomo Ben-Ami One Israel 28th 6/7/1999 - 7/3/2001
Uzi Landau Likud 29th 7/3/2001 - 28/2/2003
Tzachi Hanegbi Likud 30th 28/02/2003 - 6/9/2004
Gideon Ezra Likud, Kadima 30th 6/9/2004 - 4/5/2006 1
Avi Dichter Kadima 31st 4/5/2006 - 1/4/2009
Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu 32nd 1/4/2009 - present

1 Ezra was initially appointed as Acting Minister, with his position confirmed as permanent on 29 November 2004.

Deputy Ministers

Minister Party Government(s) Dates in Office
Gideon Ezra Likud 29th 7/3/2001 - 28/2/2003
Yaakov Edri Likud, Kadima 30th 10/3/2003 - 18/1/2006

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