Internal_Affairs_Minister_of_Israel

Internal Affairs Minister of Israel

The Interior Minister (שר הפנים, Sar HaPnim), also known as the Minister of Internal Affairs is head of the Israeli Ministry of Interior and an important portfolio in the cabinet. The current Interior Minister is Meir Sheetrit of Kadima. It should not be confused with the Internal Security Minister.

The position is often demanded by avowedly religious or secular parties as it allows them to control religious councils and planning (including the building of settlements), as well as religion and state issues such as civil marriage and immigration (which is affected by the Who is a Jew? debate). In recent years it has been held by Shas, an ultra-orthodox party, as well as Shinui and Yisrael BaAliyah, both secularist.

There is also occasionally a Deputy Minister of the Interior.

List of Interior Ministers

Name Party Government(s) Dates in office
Yitzhak Gruenbaum Independent Provisional 14/5/1948 - 10/3/1949
Haim-Moshe Shapira United Religious Front,
Hapoel HaMizrachi
1st, 2nd, 3rd 10/3/1949 - 24/12/1952
Israel Rokah General Zionists 4th, 5th 24/12/1952 - 29/6/1955
Haim-Moshe Shapira Hapoel HaMizrachi 6th 29/6/1955 - 3/11/1955
Israel Bar-Yehuda Ahdut HaAvoda 7th, 8th 3/11/1955 - 17/12/1959
Haim-Moshe Shapira National Religious Party 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
13th, 14th, 15th
17/12/1959 - 16/7/1970
Golda Meir Alignment 15th 16/7/1970 - 1/9/1970
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 15th, 16th 1/9/1970 - 3/6/1974
Shlomo Hillel Alignment 17th 3/6/1974 - 29/10/1974
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 17th 29/10/1974 - 22/12/1976
Shlomo Hillel Alignment 17th 16/1/1977 - 20/6/1977
Yosef Burg National Religious Party 18th, 19th, 20th 20/6/1977 - 13/9/1984
Shimon Peres Alignment 21st 13/9/1984 - 24/12/1984
Yitzhak Peretz Shas 21st, 22nd 24/12/1984 - 6/1/1987
Yitzhak Shamir Likud 22nd 6/1/1987 - 22/12/1988
Aryeh Deri Shas 23rd, 24th, 25th 22/12/1988 - 11/5/1993
Yitzhak Rabin Labor Party 25th 11/5/1993 - 7/6/1993
Aryeh Deri Shas 25th 7/6/1993 - 14/9/1993
Yitzhak Rabin Labor Party 25th 14/9/1993 - 27/2/1995
Uzi Baram Labor Party 25th 27/2/1995 - 7/6/1995
David Libai Labor Party 25th 19/6/1995 - 18/7/1995
Ehud Barak Labor Party 25th 18/7/1995 - 22/11/1995
Haim Ramon Labor Party 26th 22/11/1995 - 18/6/1996
Eli Suissa Not an MK ¹ 27th 18/6/1996 - 6/7/1999
Natan Sharansky Yisrael BaAliyah 28th 6/7/1999 - 11/7/2000
Haim Ramon One Israel 28th 11/7/2000 - 7/3/2001
Eli Yishai Shas 29th 7/3/2001 - 23/5/2002
Ariel Sharon Likud 29th 23/5/2002 - 3/6/2002
Eli Yishai Shas 29th 3/6/2002 - 28/2/2003
Avraham Poraz Shinui 30th 28/2/2003 - 4/12/2004
Ophir Pines-Paz Labor Party 30th 10/1/2005 - 23/11/2005
Ariel Sharon Kadima 30th 23/11/2005 - 4/5/06 ²
Roni Bar-On Kadima 31st 4/5/06 - 4/7/07
Meir Sheetrit Kadima 31st 4/7/07 - present

¹ Although Suissa was not an MK at the time, he was later elected to the Knesset for Shas.

² After Ariel Sharon's stroke, Deputy Interior Minister Ruhama Avraham fulfilled the position's duties.

Deputy Ministers

Name Party Government(s) Dates in office
Shlomo-Israel Ben-Meir National Religious Party 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th 28/12/1959 - 15/12/1969
Yosef Goldschmidt National Religious Party 15th 22/12/1969 - 16/7/1970
Yosef Goldschmidt National Religious Party 15th 19/7/1970 - 1/9/1970
Rafael Pinhasi Shas 23rd 15/1/1990 - 11/6/1990
Saleh Tarif Labor Party 25th 27/11/1995 - 18/6/1996
David Azulai Shas 29th 2/5/2001 - 23/5/2002
David Azulai Shas 29th 3/6/2002 - 28/2/2003
Victor Brailovsky Shinui 30th 5/3/2003 - 29/11/2004
Ruhama Avraham Kadima 30th 30/3/2005 - 4/5/2006

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