Second government of Israel

The second government of Israel was formed during the first Knesset. David Ben-Gurion made an attempt to form a minority government consisting of Mapai and Sephardim and Oriental Communities on 17 October, but it was not approved by the Knesset. Two days later President Chaim Weizmann asked Progressive Party leader Pinchas Rosen to form a government,[1] but it was Ben-Gurion who finally managed to do so on 1 November 1950. The coalition partners were the same as in the first government: Mapai, the United Religious Front, the Progressive Party, the Sephardim and Oriental Communities and the Democratic List of Nazareth.

Second Ben-Gurion Cabinet
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2nd Cabinet of Israel
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Date formed1 November 1950 (1950-11-01)
Date dissolved8 October 1951 (1951-10-08)
People and organisations
Head of stateChaim Weizmann
Head of governmentDavid Ben-Gurion
Member partiesMapai
United Religious Front
Progressive Party
Sephardim and Oriental Communities
Democratic List of Nazareth
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition leaderMeir Ya'ari
Legislature term(s)1st knesset
Predecessor1st cabinet of Israel
Successor3rd cabinet of Israel

There was a slight reshuffle in the cabinet; David Remez moved from the Transportation ministry to Education, replacing Zalman Shazar (who was left out of the new cabinet), Dov Yosef replaced Remez as Minister of Transportation, whilst Pinhas Lavon replaced Yosef in as Minister of Agriculture. Ya'akov Geri was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry despite not being a Member of the Knesset. There was also a new Deputy Minister in the Transportation ministry.

The Cabinet
Position Person Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Defense
David Ben-Gurion Mapai
Minister of Agriculture Pinhas Lavon Mapai
Minister of Education and Culture David Remez Mapai
Minister of Foreign Affairs Moshe Sharett Mapai
Minister of Finance Eliezer Kaplan Mapai
Minister of Health
Minister of Immigration
Minister of Internal Affairs
Haim-Moshe Shapira United Religious Front
Minister of Justice Pinchas Rosen Progressive Party
Minister of Labour and Social Security Golda Meir Mapai
Minister of Police Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit Sephardim and Oriental Communities
Minister of Religions and War Victims Yehuda Leib Maimon United Religious Front
Minister of Trade and Industry Ya'akov Geri Not an MK
Minister of Transportation Dov Yosef Mapai
Minister of Welfare Yitzhak-Meir Levin United Religious Front
Deputy Minister of Transportation Reuven Shari Mapai

The government resigned on 14 February 1951 after the Knesset had rejected David Remez's proposals on the registration of schoolchildren. Elections were held on 30 July 1951.


  1. ^ 1950 timeline Archived 2008-10-08 at the Wayback Machine Jewish Agency for Israel

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