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The Current Government

The current government, Israel's 31st, was established on May 4, 2006. After Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned in September, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was granted the additional title of Acting Prime Minister and was tapped to form a governing coalition. Had she been able to form a government, she would have been the Prime Minister. However, she was unable and, as a result, general elections were called for February 10, 2009.

Members of the 31st Government of the State of Israel

Cabinet Ministers

(Key: Blue=Kadima, Red=Labor, Black=Shas, Brown=Gil Pensioners Party)

  • Ehud Olmert (Kadima) - Prime Minister
  • Tzipi Livni (Kadima) - Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Haim Ramon (Kadima) - Vice Prime Minister
  • Ehud Barak (Labor, but not a Member of Knesset) - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense
  • Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) - Deputy Prime Minister , Minister of Transportation and Road Safety
  • Eliyahu Yishai (Shas) - Deputy Prime Minister , Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor
  • Eli Aflalo (Kadima) - Minister of Immigrant Absorption
  • Ariel Atias (Shas) - Minister of Communications
  • Ruhama Avraham Balila (Kadima) - Minister of Tourism
  • Ami Ayalon (Labor) - Minister Without Portfolio
  • Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) - Minister of Finance
  • Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer (Labor) - Minister of National Infrastructure
  • Yacov Ben Yizri (Gil Pensioners Party) - Minister of Health
  • Ze'ev Boim (Kadima) - Minister of Housing and Construction
  • Yitzhak Cohen (Shas) - Minister of Religious Services
  • Abraham Dicter (Kadima) - Minister of Internal Security
  • Jacob Edery (Kadima) - Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galil
  • Rafi Eitan (Gil Pensioners Party) - Minister of Pensioner Affairs
  • Gideon Ezra (Kadima) - Minister of Environmental Protection
  • Daniel Friedmann (Kadima, but not a Member of Knesset) - Minister of Justice
  • Isaac Herzog (Labor) - Minister of Welfare and Social Services, Minister of the Diaspora, Society, and Fight Against Anti-Semitism
  • Raleb Majadele (Labor) - Minister of Science, Culture, and Sport
  • Meshulam Nahari (Shas) - Minister Without Portfolio
  • Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) - Minister of Internal Affairs
  • Shalom Simhon (Labor) - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Yuli Tamir (Labor) - Minister of Education

The 17th Knesset - Seats Per Party

Political Party

# Knesset Seats

Kadima

29

Labor-Meimad

19

Likud

12

Shas

12

Yisrael Beitenu

11

Ichud Leumi - Mafdal

9

Gil Pensioners Party

7

Torah and Shabbat Judaism

6

Meretz

5

United Arab List - Arab Renewal

4

Hadash

3

National Democratic Assembly

3

Total

120