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List of members of the seventeenth Knesset

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

Knesset Members

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

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

² Labour successfully filed a lawsuit, alleging electoral fraud in several Arab settlements and requesting an additional seat at the expense of the United Arab List. Zakour was replaced by Labour's Shakib Shanan.

3 Gil parliamentary group split in April 2008, with MKs Sharoni, Marom and Glazer forming the Justice for the Elderly faction. In October 2008, Sharoni and Marom reunited with Gil, leaving Glazer to form The Right Way parliamentary group.


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.
Natan Sharansky Likud Haim Katz Sharansky retired from politics and left the Knesset on 20 November 2006.
Yuri Stern Yisrael Beiteinu 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 Yitzhak Ben Yisrael 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".[1]
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.
Ya'akov Cohen United Torah Judaism Uri Maklev Cohen resigned from the Knesset due to a rotation agreement.
Yossi Beilin Meretz-Yachad Tzvia Greenfeld Beilin retired from politics and left the Knesset on 4 November 2008.
Avraham Ravitz United Torah Judaism Yehoshua Menachem Pollack Ravitz died on 26 January 2009.

See also


  1. ^ Knesset to swear in 2nd Ethiopian MK Jerusalem Post, 8 February 2008

External links

  • All past and present members Knesset website (English)
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