Tourism Ministry (Israel)

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The Ministry of Tourism (Hebrew: מִשְׂרַד הַתַּיָּרוּת, translit. Misrad HaTayarut) is the Israeli government office responsible for tourism. The office was created in 1964, with Akiva Govrin being the first minister, but was appended to the Trade and Industry Ministry between 1977 and 1981.

List of ministers[edit]

The Minister of Tourism (Hebrew: שָׁר הַתַּיָּרוּת, Sar HaTayarut) is the political head of the ministry and a member of the Israeli cabinet. Ehud Barak is the only Prime Minister to have held the position whilst serving as the Prime Minister, whilst Moshe Katsav, who was Minister of Tourism from 1996 to 1999, went on to become President. On one occasion there was a Deputy Minister of Tourism.

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
1 Akiva Govrin Mapai
Alignment
12 22 December 1964 12 January 1966
2 Moshe Kol Independent Liberals 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 12 January 1966 20 June 1977 Resigned from the Knesset when appointed Minister in line with party policy
3 Gideon Patt Likud 19 5 August 1981 11 August 1981
4 Avraham Sharir Likud 19, 20, 21, 22 11 August 1981 22 December 1988
Gideon Patt Likud 23, 24 22 December 1988 13 July 1992
5 Uzi Baram Labor Party 25, 26 13 July 1992 18 June 1996
6 Moshe Katsav Likud 27 18 June 1996 6 July 1999
7 Ehud Barak One Israel 28 6 July 1999 5 August 1999 Serving Prime Minister
8 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Centre Party 28 5 August 1999 7 March 2001
9 Rehavam Ze'evi National Union 29 7 March 2001 17 October 2001 Assassinated whilst in office
10 Binyamin Elon National Union 29 31 October 2001 14 March 2002
11 Yitzhak Levy National Religious Party 29 18 September 2002 28 February 2003
12 Binyamin Elon National Union 30 28 February 2003 6 June 2004 Sacked after the National Union refused to support the disengagement plan. In an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to prevent him from being fired before a cabinet vote on the plan by avoiding receiving notification of his sacking, Elon went into hiding.
13 Gideon Ezra Likud 30 4 July 2004 10 January 2005 Initially appointed Acting Minister of Tourism, with the position made permanent on 31 August 2004
14 Avraham Hirschson Kadima 30 10 January 2005 4 May 2006
15 Isaac Herzog Labor Party 31 4 May 2006 21 March 2007
16 Yitzhak Aharonovich Yisrael Beiteinu 31 21 March 2007 16 January 2008
17 Ruhama Avraham Kadima 31 14 July 2008 31 March 2009
18 Stas Misezhnikov Yisrael Beiteinu 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
19 Uzi Landau Yisrael Beiteinu 33 18 March 2013 14 May 2015
19 Yariv Levin Likud 34 14 May 2015

Deputy ministers[edit]

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end
1 Yehuda Sha'ari Independent Liberals 15 22 December 1969 10 March 1974

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