Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel


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The Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר החוץ‎, Sar HaHutz) is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The position is one of the most important in the Israeli cabinet after Prime Minister and Defense Minister. The current minister is Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu.

There is also occasionally a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

List of Foreign Affairs ministers

# Name Party Dates in office
1 Moshe Sharett Mapai 15 May 1948 – 18 Jun 1956
2 Golda Meir Mapai, Labour Alignment 18 Jun 1956 – 12 Jan 1966
3 Abba Eban Alignment 13 Jan 1966 – 2 Jun 1974
4 Yigal Allon Alignment 3 Jun 1974 – 19 Jun 1977
5 Moshe Dayan[a 1] Single MK (no party) 20 Jun 1977 – 23 Oct 1979
6 Yitzhak Shamir Likud 10 Mar 1980 – 20 Oct 1986
7 Shimon Peres Alignment 20 Oct 1986 – 23 Dec 1988
8 Moshe Arens Likud 23 Dec 1988 – 12 Jun 1990
9 David Levy Likud 13 Jun 1990 – 13 Jul 1992
10 Shimon Peres Labor Party 14 Jul 1992 – 22 Nov 1995
11 Ehud Barak[a 2] Labor Party 22 Nov 1995 – 18 Jun 1996
12 David Levy[a 3] Gesher 18 Jun 1996 – 6 Jan 1998
13 Ariel Sharon Likud 13 Oct 1998 – 6 Jun 1999
14 David Levy[a 4] One Israel 6 Jun 1999 – 4 Aug 2000
15 Shlomo Ben-Ami One Israel 10 Aug 2000 – 7 Mar 2001
16 Shimon Peres[a 5] Labor Party 7 Mar 2001 – 2 Nov 2002
17 Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 6 Nov 2002 – 28 Feb 2003
18 Silvan Shalom Likud 28 Feb 2003 – 16 Jan 2006
19 Tzipi Livni Kadima 18 Jan 2006 – 1 Apr 2009
20 Avigdor Lieberman Yisrael Beiteinu 1 Apr 2009 – present
  1. ^ Following Moshe Dayan's resignation, Prime Minister Menachem Begin acted as Foreign Minister for six months until the appointment of Yitzhak Shamir.
  2. ^ Barak was not a Member of the Knesset during his tenure as Foreign Minister.
  3. ^ Following David Levy's resignation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu acted as Foreign Minister for ten months until the appointment of Ariel Sharon.
  4. ^ Following David Levy's resignation, Prime Minister Ehud Barak acted as Foreign Minister for a week until the appointment of Shlomo Ben-Ami as Acting Foreign Minister. Ben Ami's position was made permanent in November 2000.
  5. ^ Following Shimon Peres' resignation, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon acted as Foreign Minister for four days until the appointment of Binyamin Netanyahu.

List of Deputy Ministers

# Name Party Dates in office
1 Yehuda Ben-Meir National Religious Party, Gesher ZRC 11 Aug 1981 – 13 Sep 1984
2 Roni Milo Likud 24 Sep 1984 – 20 Oct 1986
3 Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 26 Dec 1988 – 11 Nov 1991
4 Yossi Beilin Labor Party 4 Aug 1992 – 17 Jul 1995
5 Eli Dayan Labor Party 24 Jul 1995 – 18 Jun 1996
6 Nawaf Massalha One Israel 5 Aug 1999 – 7 Mar 2001
7 Michael Melchior Meimad 7 Mar 2001 – 2 Nov 2002
8 Danny Ayalon Yisrael Beiteinu 31 Mar 2009 – present

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