Ministry of Strategic Affairs
|המשרד לנושאים אסטרטגיים|
Emblem of Israel
|Jurisdiction||Government of Israel|
The Ministry of Strategic Affairs (Hebrew: המשרד לנושאים אסטרטגיים, HaMisrad LeNos'im Astrategi'im) is an Israeli government ministry. The ministry was created in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party had just joined the governing coalition. Lieberman had demanded the Internal Security post, but at the time was under police investigation, and the post was already held by Avi Dichter. As a result, a new post and ministry were created, with the role of co-ordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding Iran and other strategic threats, reporting to Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. Lieberman left the government on 18 January 2008, and the ministry was closed down three months later, though subsequently resurrected and repurposed in 2009 under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The ministry maintains a low public profile, due to its responsibilities for foreign spy operations and in partiular, illegal surveillance and subversion operations in the United States, ostensibly targetting (but not limited to) BDS activists, according to leaked excerpts of an undercover documentary by Al Jazeera that Israel has successfully kept from circulation in full. It is currently headed by Likud official Gilad Erdan.
List of ministers
|#||Minister||Party||Government||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|1||Avigdor Lieberman||Yisrael Beiteinu||31||30 October 2006||18 January 2008|
|2||Ehud Olmert||Kadima||31||18 January 2008||13 April 2008||Serving Prime Minister|
|3||Moshe Ya'alon||Likud||32||31 March 2009||18 March 2013|
|4||Yuval Steinitz||Likud||33||18 March 2013||14 May 2015|
|5||Ze'ev Elkin||Likud||34||14 May 2015||25 May 2015|
|5||Gilad Erdan||Likud||34||25 May 2015|
- Gov't shuts down Strategic Affairs Ministry[permanent dead link] The Jerusalem Post, 13 April 2008
- Security and Defense: Who's in charge of whom and over what?[permanent dead link] The Jerusalem Post, 2 April 2009