List of Knesset members

The following is a list of the Members of the 17th Knesset, elected on 28 March 2006 and inaugurated 4 May 2006, and their replacements.

Knesset Members

Blue indicates a party is a member of the governing coalition, whilst red indicates that the party is in opposition.
Party Name Position
Kadima (29) Ehud Olmert Prime Minister
Tzipi Livni Acting Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Meir Sheetrit Minister of the Interior
Avi Dichter Minister of Internal Security
Marina Solodkin
Haim Ramon Vice Prime Minister
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
Shaul Mofaz Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Transportation
Tzachi Hanegbi Chairman, Security and Foreign Affairs Committee
Avraham Hirschson
Gideon Ezra Minister of Environmental Affairs
Roni Bar-On Minister of Finance
Dalia Itzik Speaker of the Knesset
Ze'ev Boim Minister of Housing and Construction
Yaakov Edri Minister of Negev and Galilee Development
Ze'ev Elkin
Majalli Wahabi Deputy Speaker of the Kenesset
Ruhama Avraham Minister without Portfolio responsible for Knesset liaison
Minister of Tourism
Menachem Ben-Sasson Chairman, Committee on Law and Constitution
Eli Aflalo Minister of Immigrant Absorption
David Tal Chairman, House Committee
Ronit Tirosh
Otniel Schneller Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Michael Nudelman Chairman, Committee on Immigration, Absorption and the Diaspora
Amira Dotan
Yoel Hasson
Shai Hermesh
Yitzhak Ben Yisrael
Yohanan Plesner
Shlomo Mula
Labour-Meimad (19) Amir Peretz
Isaac Herzog Minister of Welfare
Ophir Pines-Paz Chairman, Committee on Interior Affairs and the Environment
Avishay Braverman Chairman, Finance Committee
Yuli Tamir Minister of Education
Ami Ayalon Minister without Portfolio
Eitan Cabel
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Minister of National Infrastructure
Shelly Yachimovich
Michael Melchior Chairman, Committee on Education, Culture and Sports
Matan Vilnai Deputy Minister of Defense
Colette Avital Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Nadia Hilou Chairwoman, Committee on the Rights of the Child
Shalom Simhon Minister of Agriculture
Orit Noked
Yoram Marciano
Raleb Majadele Minister of Science, Culture and Sports
Shakhiv Shana'an
Leon Litinski
Shas (12) Eli Yishai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Commerce and Employment
Yitzhak Cohen Minister without Portfolio
Amnon Cohen Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Meshulam Nahari Minister without Portfolio
Ariel Atias Minister of Communications
David Azulai
Yitzhak Vaknin
Nissim Ze'ev
Yaakov Margi
Emil Amsalem
Avraham Michaeli
Mazor Bahaina
Gil (4) Rafi Eitan Minister of Retiree Affairs
Yaakov Ben-Yezri Minister of Health
Yitzhak Galanti Chairman, Committee on Labor, Welfare and Health
Yitzhak Ziv Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Likud (12) Binyamin Netanyahu Chairman of the Opposition
Silvan Shalom
Moshe Kahlon
Gilad Erdan
Gideon Sa'ar
Michael Eitan Chairman, State Control Committee
Reuven Rivlin
Yuval Steinitz
Limor Livnat
Israel Katz
Haim Katz
Yuli-Yoel Edelstein Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Yisrael Beiteinu (11) Avigdor Liberman
Israel Hasson Chairman, Economy Committee
Yosef Shagal
Esterina Tartman
Stas Misezhnikov
Sofa Landver Chairwoman, Public Petitions Committee
Yitzhak Aharonovich
Robert Ilatov
Aleks Miler
Leah Shemtov Chairwoman, Committee on Advancing the Status of Women
David Rotem Deputy Speaker of Knesset
National Union-
National Religious Party (9)
Binyamin Elon
Zevulun Orlev Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology
Zvi Hendel
Effi Eitam
Nissan Slumianski
Yitzhak Levi Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Eliyahu Gabai
Aryeh Eldad
Uri Ariel
United Torah Judaism (6) Yaakov Litzman
Avraham Ravitz
Meir Porush
Moshe Gafni
Shmuel Halpert
Uri Maklev
Meretz-Yachad (5) Yossi Beilin
Haim Oron Chairman, Ethics Committee
Ran Cohen
Zehava Gal-On
Avshalom Vilan
United Arab List (4) Ibrahim Sarsur
Ahmad Tibi
Taleb el-Sana
Abbas Zakour²
Justice for the Old (3) Moshe Sharoni
Elchanan Glazer
Sara Marom
Hadash (3) Mohammad Barakeh Deputy Speaker of Knesset
Hana Sweid
Dov Khenin
Balad (3) Jamal Zahalka
Wasil Taha
Said Nafa

1 This title, called in Hebrew ממלא מקום ראש הממשלה (Memale Mekom Rosh HaMemshala, lit. Prime Minister's Place Filler), means Livni is first in line to replace the Prime Minister in case of incapacitation or death; it does not mean she currently exercises any Prime Ministerial duties.

² Labour have filed a law suit, alleging electoral fraud in several Arab settlements and requesting to grant it an additional seat at the expense of the United Arab List. If this suit proves successful, Zakour will be replaced with Labour's Shakib Shanan.

Former members of the 17th Knesset

Name Party Replaced by Remarks
Uriel Reichman Kadima Shai Hermesh Resigned on 20 April, 2006 after the role of Minister of Education, promised to him by Ariel Sharon, was given to Labour.
Likud Haim Katz Sharansky retired from politics and left the Knesset on 20 November, 2006.
Yuri Stern David Rotem Stern died of cancer on 16 January, 2007.
Dan Naveh Likud Yuli-Yoel Edelstein Naveh resigned to go into business on 27 February, 2007.
Azmi Bishara Balad Said Nafa Bishara resigned from the Knesset on 22 April, 2007 due to a police investigation into his activities during the 2006 Lebanon War.
Shimon Peres Kadima Peres resigned from the Knesset following his election as president on 13 June 2007.
Shlomo Breznitz Kadima Yohanan Plesner Breznitz retired from politics and left the Knesset on 8 October 2007.
Avigdor Yitzhaki Kadima Shlomo Mula Yitzhaki resigned from the Knesset on 7 February 2008 due to "serious doubts over Ehud Olmert's ability to lead the government in the wake of the Winograd Report".
Shlomo Benizri Shas Mazor Bahaina Benizri resigned from the Knesset on 27 April 2008 after being convicted of bribery.
Efraim Sneh Labour Shakhiv Shana'an Sneh resigned from the Knesset on 28 May 2008 as he left Labour to found his own party
Danny Yatom Labour Leon Litinski Yatom resigned from the Knesset on 30 June 2008 due to a lack of confidence in the government
Yaakov Cohen United Torah Judaism Uri Maklev Cohen resigned from the Knesset due to a rotation agreement

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