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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 15/5/1948 - 18/6/1956
2 Golda Meir Mapai, Labour Alignment 18/6/1956 - 12/1/1966
3 Abba Eban Alignment 13/1/1966 - 2/6/1974
4 Yigal Allon Alignment 3/6/1974 - 19/6/1977
5 Moshe Dayan 1 Single MK (no party) 20/6/1977 - 23/10/1979
6 Yitzhak Shamir Likud 10/3/1980 - 20/10/1986
7 Shimon Peres Alignment 20/10/1986 - 23/12/1988
8 Moshe Arens Likud 23/12/1988 - 12/6/1990
9 David Levy Likud 13/6/1990 - 13/7/1992
10 Shimon Peres Labor Party 14/7/1992 - 22/11/1995
11 Ehud Barak ² Labor Party 22/11/1995 - 18/6/1996
12 David Levy ³ Gesher 18/6/1996 - 6/1/1998
13 Ariel Sharon Likud 13/10/1998 - 6/6/1999
14 David Levy 4 One Israel 6/6/1999 - 4/8/2000
15 Shlomo Ben-Ami One Israel 10/8/2000 - 7/3/2001
16 Shimon Peres 5 Labor Party 7/3/2001 - 2/11/2002
17 Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 6/11/2002 - 28/2/2003
18 Silvan Shalom Likud 28/2/2003 - 16/1/2006
19 Tzipi Livni Kadima 18/1/2006 - 1/4/2009
20 Avigdor Lieberman Yisrael Beiteinu 1/4/2009 - 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.

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List of Deputy Ministers

# Name Party Dates in office
1 Yehuda Ben-Meir National Religious Party, Gesher ZRC 11/8/1981 - 13/9/1984
2 Roni Milo Likud 24/9/1984 - 20/10/1986
3 Binyamin Netanyahu Likud 26/12/1988 - 11/11/1991
4 Yossi Beilin Labor Party 4/8/1992 - 17/7/1995
5 Eli Dayan Labor Party 24/7/1995 - 18/6/1996
6 Nawaf Massalha One Israel 5/8/1999 - 7/3/2001
7 Michael Melchior Meimad 7/3/2001 - 2/11/2002
8 Danny Ayalon Yisrael Beiteinu 31/3/2009 - present

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