Prime Minister of Israel

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Prime Minister of Israel
רֹאשׁ הַמֶּמְשָׁלָה
Flag of the Prime Minister of Israel.svg
Flag of the Prime Minister of Israel[1]
Yair Lapid February 2022.jpg
Incumbent
Yair Lapid

since 1 July 2022
Prime Minister's Office
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceBeit Aghion
NominatorKnesset
AppointerPresident of Israel
Term length4 years (maximum)
Inaugural holderDavid Ben-Gurion
Formation14 May 1948
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister
Salary168,210 USD annually[2]
Websitepmo.gov.il

The Prime Minister of Israel is the head of government and chief executive of Israel. The prime minister holds the de facto most senior office in the state and is usually the leader of the majority party or coalition in the Parliament of Israel. The current Prime Minister is Yair Lapid who took office in July 2022.

List of prime ministers[change | change source]

Nr. Picture Name Born - Died Term started Term ended Political party Government Knesset
1 Prime minister David Ben-Gurion.; 1951.jpg David Ben-Gurion (1st time) 1886 - 1973 14 May 1948 26 January 1954 Mapai 0-4 0-2
2 Moshe Sharett Portrait cropped.jpg Moshe Sharett 1894 - 1965 26 January 1954 3 November 1955 Mapai 5-6 2
(1) David Ben Gurion.jpg David Ben-Gurion (2nd time) 1886 - 1973 3 November 1955 21 June 1963 Mapai 7-10 3-5
3 Portrait of prime minister Levy Eshkol. August 1963. D699-070 (crop).jpg Levi Eshkol 1895 - 1969 21 June 1963 26 February 1969 (Died in Office) Mapai 11-12 5
A Portrait of Yigal Allon.jpg Yigal Allon (Acting) 1918 - 1980 26 February 1969 17 March 1969 HaMa'arakh 13 6
4 Golda Meir - Dan Hadani collection (990044371740205171).jpg Golda Meir 1898 - 1978 17 March 1969 3 June 1974 HaMa'arakh 14-16 6-8
5 Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - ISRAEL AMBASSADOR TO U.S.A. YITZHAK RABIN AND HIS WIFE LEAH (1) (crop).jpg Yitzhak Rabin (1st time) 1922 - 1995 3 June 1974 22 April 1977 HaMa'arakh 17 8
6 Arrival Ceremony for State Visit of Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel on South Lawn (cropped).jpg Menachem Begin 1913 - 1992 21 June 1977 9 October 1983 HaLikud 18-19 9-10
7 Yitzhak Shamir (1980).jpg Yitzhak Shamir (1st time) 1915 - 2012 10 October 1983 14 September 1984 HaLikud 20 10
8 Shimon Peres (1986).jpg Shimon Peres (1st time) 1923 - 2016 14 September 1984 20 October 1986 HaMa'arakh 21 11
(7) Yitzhak Shamir 1988.jpg Yitzhak Shamir (2nd time) 1915 - 2012 20 October 1986 13 July 1992 HaLikud 22-24 11-12
(5) Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Life of Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, 7th IDF Chief of Staff in photos (11).jpg Yitzhak Rabin (2nd time) 1922 - 1995 13 July 1992 4 November 1995 (Assassination) HaAvoda 25 13
(8) PikiWiki Israel 50020 shimon peres.jpg Shimon Peres (2nd time) 1923 - 2016 22 November 1995 18 June 1996 HaAvoda 26 13
9 Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu (crop).jpg Benjamin Netanyahu (1st time) 1949 - 18 June 1996 6 July 1999 HaLikud 27 14
10 Ehud Barak at Pentagon, 11-2009.jpg Ehud Barak 1942 - 6 July 1999 7 March 2001 Yisrael Ahat - HaAvoda 28 15
11 Ariel Sharon Headshot.jpg Ariel Sharon 1928 - 2014 7 March 2001 14 April 2006 Kadima 30 16
12 Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - P.M. Olmert with Shahar Peer and Udi Gal (cropped) (cropped).jpg Ehud Olmert 1945 - 14 April 2006 31 March 2009 Kadima 31 17
(9) Benjamin Netanyahu 2019 (cropped).jpg Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd time) 1949 - 31 March 2009 13 June 2021 HaLikud 32-35 18-24
13 Naftali Bennett Official (cropped).jpg Naftali Bennett 1972 - 13 June 2021 30 June 2022 HaYamin HeHadash 36 24
14 Yair Lapid February 2022.jpg Yair Lapid 1963 - 1 July 2022 Incumbent Yesh Atid 36 24

Living former Prime Ministers[change | change source]

As of October 2022, four former prime minister are alive:

Image Name Term of office Age
Ehud Barak at Pentagon, 11-2009.jpg Ehud Barak 1999 – 2001 80
Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - P.M. Olmert with Shahar Peer and Udi Gal (cropped) (cropped).jpg Ehud Olmert 2006 – 2009 77
Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu (crop).jpg Benjamin Netanyahu 1996 – 1999, 2009 – 2021 72
Naftali Bennett Official (cropped).jpg Naftali Bennett 2021 – 2022 50

The most recent prime minister to die was Shimon Peres, who died on September 28, 2016.

References[change | change source]

  1. Flags of the Israel Defense Forces
  2. "IG.com Pay Check". IG.