Some of the past Israeli prime ministers include: David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Olmert. A total of twelve people have served as prime ministers of the State of Israel since it was established in 1948, five of whom have served on two non-consecutive occasions.
David Ben-Gurion was the first Israeli prime minister in 1948 before he was ousted by Moshe Sharet in 1954. Ben-Gurion reclaimed the premiership in 1955 before stepping down in 1963. Levi Eshkol took over, but he died while in office and Golda Meir took over as prime minister in 1969.
Meir resigned in 1974 and Yithak Rabin took over. Rabin held the post for three years before he resigned in 1976 and Menachem Begin came to power in 1977. Yizhak Shamir took the premiership from Begin in 1983, until Shimon Peres became prime minister in 1984. Shamir again took over in 1986. Shamir was succeeded by former premier Yithak Rabin, in 1992. Rabin was assassinated while in office in 1995 and Shimon Peres took over before he was ousted by Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996.
In 1999, Netanyahu lost the seat to Ehud Barak, who went on to lose it to Ariel Sharon in 2001. Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke in 2006 and he was replaced by Ehud Olmert, who then resigned in 2008. Former prime minister and the incumbent Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, took the premiership in 2009, and as of August 2015 is still prime minister.