The ninth government of Israel was formed by David Ben-Gurion on 17 December 1959 following the November 1959 elections. Ben-Gurion largely kept the same coalition partners as during the previous government (i.e. Mapai, the National Religious Party, Mapam, Ahdut HaAvoda, the Progressive Party and Agriculture and Development), and added the new Israeli Arab parties Progress and Development and Cooperation and Brotherhood.
|Seventh Ben-Gurion Cabinet|
9th Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||17 December 1959|
|Date dissolved||2 November 1961|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Yitzhak Ben-Zvi|
|Head of government||David Ben-Gurion|
National Religious Party
Religious Torah Front
Agriculture and Development
Progress and Development
Cooperation and Brotherhood
|Status in legislature||coalition|
|Opposition leader||Menachem Begin|
|Election(s)||1959 Israeli legislative election|
|Legislature term(s)||4th Knesset|
|Predecessor||8th cabinet of Israel|
|Successor||10th cabinet of Israel|
The government collapsed when Ben-Gurion resigned on 31 January 1961, over a motion of no-confidence brought by Herut and the General Zionists following the publication of the findings of the Committee of Seven concerning the Lavon Affair. At the end of February Ben-Gurion informed President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi that he could not form a new government, and new elections were called after the Knesset was dissolved in March.
1 Died in office.
- Fourth Knesset: Government 9 Knesset website