Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Israel)

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel (Hebrew: משרד החקלאות‎, Misrad HaHakla'ut UFitu'ah HaKfar) is the ministry of the Israeli government that oversees the country's agricultural industry. The ministry was originally called Ministry of Agriculture, but in 1992 the title was changed to its current form. The Development Ministry, which oversaw rural development, was abolished in 1974.

List of ministers[edit]

The Agriculture and Rural Development Minister (Hebrew: שר החקלאות ופיתוח הכפר‎, Sar HaHakla'ut vePituah HaKfar; Arabic: وزير الزراعة وتطوير القرية‎) is the political head of the ministry, considered a relatively minor position in the Israel cabinet. Two serving Prime Ministers, Menachem Begin and Ehud Barak, also served as agriculture ministers; Begin following the death of the incumbent, and Barak following the resignation of the former minister's party from his coalition. There is occasionally a Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end Notes
Minister of Agriculture
1 Aharon Zisling Mapam Provisional 14 May 1948 10 March 1949
2 Dov Yosef Mapai 1 1 June 1949 1 November 1950
3 Pinhas Lavon Mapai 2 November 1, 1950 October 8, 1951
4 Levi Eshkol Mapai 3 October 8, 1951 June 25, 1952
5 Peretz Naftali Mapai 3, 4, 5, 6 June 25, 1952 November 3, 1955
6 Kadish Luz Mapai 7, 8 November 3, 1955 December 17, 1959
7 Moshe Dayan Mapai 9, 10, 11 December 17, 1959 November 4, 1964
8 Haim Gvati Mapai, Alignment 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 November 9, 1964 June 3, 1974 Not a Knesset member for part of term in office
9 Aharon Uzan Alignment 17 June 3, 1974 June 20, 1977 Not a Knesset Member
10 Ariel Sharon Likud 18 June 20, 1977 August 5, 1981
11 Simha Erlich Likud 19 August 5, 1981 June 19, 1983 Died in office
12 Menachem Begin Likud 19 June 19, 1983 October 10, 1983 Also serving Prime Minister
13 Pesah Grupper Likud 20 October 10, 1983 September 13, 1984
14 Aryeh Nehemkin Alignment 21, 22 September 13, 1984 December 22, 1988
15 Avraham Katz-Oz Alignment 23 December 22, 1988 March 15, 1990
16 Rafael Eitan Tzomet 24 June 11, 1990 December 31, 1991
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
17 Ya'akov Tzur Labor Party 25, 26 July 13, 1992 June 18, 1996
Rafael Eitan Tzomet 27 June 18, 1996 July 6, 1999
18 Haim Oron Meretz 28 August 5, 1999 June 24, 2000
19 Ehud Barak Labor Party 28 June 24, 2000 March 7, 2001 Also serving Prime Minister
20 Shalom Simhon Labor Party 29 March 7, 2001 November 2, 2002
21 Tzipi Livni Likud 29 December 17, 2002 February 28, 2003
22 Yisrael Katz Likud 30 February 28, 2003 January 14, 2006
23 Ze'ev Boim Kadima 30 January 18, 2006 May 4, 2006
Shalom Simhon Labor Party 31, 32 4 May 2006 18 January 2011
24 Orit Noked Independence 32 18 January 2011 18 March 2013
25 Yair Shamir Yisrael Beiteinu 33 18 March 2013 14 May 2015
26 Uri Ariel The Jewish Home 34 14 May 2015

Deputy ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end
1 Yosef Efrati Mapai 3 9 July 1952 24 December 1952
2 Ze'ev Tzur Ahdut HaAvoda 7, 8 5 December 1955 17 December 1959
3 Aharon Uzan Alignment 13, 14 17 January 1966 17 March 1969
4 Ben-Zion Halfon Alignment 15 22 December 1969 10 March 1974
5 Jabr Muadi Alignment, Progress and Development, United Arab List 17 24 March 1975 20 June 1977
6 Pesah Grupper Likud 19 11 August 1981 10 October 1983
7 Michael Dekel Likud 20 10 October 1983 13 September 1984
8 Avraham Katz-Oz Alignment 21, 22 24 September 1984 22 December 1988
9 Walid Haj Yahia Meretz 25, 26 4 August 992 18 June 1996
10 Gila Gamliel Likud 30 30 March 2005 14 January 2006

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