Development Minister of Israel

Portfolio in the Israeli cabinet between 1953 and 1974

Ministry of Development
משרד הפיתוח
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Formed1953
Dissolved1974
JurisdictionGovernment of Israel

Minister of Development (Hebrew: שר הפיתוח, Sar HaPituah) was a portfolio in the Israeli cabinet between 1953 and 1974. The ministry was responsible for government-owned mineral extraction companies and the country's geology institute. The department also set up both the quarry rehabilitation fund and the Dead Sea Works.

The post was scrapped in 1974, and succeeded three years later by the Energy and Infrastructure portfolio. Since 2005 there has also been a Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee.

List of ministers

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
1 Dov Yosef Mapai 4, 5, 6 15 June 1953 3 November 1955
2 Mordechai Bentov Mapam 7, 8, 9 3 November 1955 2 November 1961
3 Giora Yoseftal Mapai 10 2 November 1961 23 August 1962 Died in office
4 Yosef Almogi Mapai 10, 11, 12 30 October 1962 25 May 1965
5 Haim Yosef Zadok Mapai 12 31 May 1965 12 January 1966
6 Moshe Kol Not an MK 13, 14 12 January 1966 15 December 1969 Member of the Independent Liberals, resigned from the Knesset when appointed minister in line with party policy
7 Haim Landau Gahal 15 15 December 1969 6 August 1970
8 Haim Gvati Alignment 15 1 September 1970 10 March 1974
9 Haim Bar-Lev Not an MK 16 10 March 1974 3 June 1974 Later elected to the next Knesset as a member of the Alignment.

Deputy ministers

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end
1 Yehuda Sha'ari Independent Liberals 13, 14 17 January 1966 (1966-01-17) 15 December 1969 (1969-12-15)
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