Ministry of Housing and Construction

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The Ministry of Housing and Construction (Hebrew: מִשְׂרַד הַבִּנּוּי וְהַשִׁכּוּן, Misrad HaBinui VeHaShikhun) is a portfolio in the Israeli cabinet. The ministry was created in 1961, and until 1977 it was known as the Ministry of Housing. Construction was also previously part of the Labour and Construction ministry during the provisional government between 1948 and 1949. The current minister is Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home.

There has been a Deputy Minister on several occasions.

Since 1967, the Ministry of Housing (as it was known then) assumed a political importance in the context of Israel's relations with the Palestinians, since this ministry is responsible for construction projects at Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. The political identity of the minister currently in charge, and ministerial decisions on such construction, could impact the overall government policy.

List of Housing and Construction Ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end Notes
1 Giora Yoseftal Mapai 10 2 November 1961 23 August 1962 Died in office
2 Yosef Almogi Mapai 10, 11, 12 30 October 1962 23 May 1965
3 Levi Eshkol Mapai 12 31 May 1965 12 January 1966 Serving Prime Minister
4 Mordechai Bentov Not an MK 13, 14 12 January 1966 15 December 1969 Member of Mapam
5 Ze'ev Sherf Alignment 15 15 December 1969 10 March 1974
6 Yehoshua Rabinovitz Not an MK 16 10 March 1974 3 June 1974 Member of the Alignment
7 Avraham Ofer Alignment 17 3 June 1974 3 January 1977 Died in office
8 Shlomo Rosen Not an MK 17 16 January 1977 20 June 1977 Member of Mapam
9 Gideon Patt Likud 18 20 June 1977 15 January 1979
10 David Levy Likud 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 15 January 1979 11 June 1990
11 Ariel Sharon Likud 24 11 June 1990 13 July 1992
12 Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Labor Party 25, 26 13 July 1992 18 June 1996
13 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 27 18 June 1996 6 July 1999 Serving Prime Minister
14 Yitzhak Levy National Religious Party 28 6 July 1999 12 July 2000
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer One Israel 28 11 October 2000 7 March 2001
15 Natan Sharansky Yisrael BaAliyah 29 7 March 2001 28 February 2003
16 Effi Eitam National Religious Party 30 3 March 2003 10 June 2004
17 Tzipi Livni Likud 30 4 July 2004 10 January 2005 Acting minister until 31 August 2004
18 Isaac Herzog Labor Party 30 10 January 2005 23 November 2005
19 Ze'ev Boim Kadima 30 18 January 2006 4 May 2006
20 Meir Sheetrit Kadima 31 4 May 2006 4 July 2007
Ze'ev Boim Kadima 31 4 July 2007 31 March 2009
21 Ariel Atias Shas 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
22 Uri Ariel The Jewish Home 33 18 March 2013 Incumbent

Deputy Ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end
1 Moshe Katsav Likud 20 10 October 1983 13 September 1984
2 Avraham Ravitz Degel HaTorah 24 25 June 1990 13 July 1992
3 Aryeh Gamliel Shas 25 29 July 1992 9 September 1993
4 Ran Cohen Meretz 25 4 August 1992 31 December 1992
5 Eli Ben-Menachem Labor Party 25, 26 8 April 1993 18 June 1996
6 Alex Goldfarb Yiud, Atid 25, 26 2 January 1995 18 June 1996
7 Meir Porush United Torah Judaism 27 24 June 1996 6 July 1999
Meir Porush United Torah Judaism 29 4 June 2001 28 February 2003
Eli Ben-Menachem Labor Party 30 11 January 2005 23 November 2005

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