Ministry of Strategic Affairs

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs (Hebrew: המשרד לנושאים אסטרטגיים‎, HaMisrad LeNos'im Astrategi'im) is an Israeli government ministry. The ministry was created in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party had just joined the governing coalition. Lieberman had demanded the Internal Security post, but at the time was under police investigation, and the post was already held by Avi Dichter. As a result, a new post and ministry were created, with the role of co-ordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding Iran and other strategic threats, reporting to Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.[1] Lieberman left the government on 18 January 2008, and the ministry was closed down in April 2008. In 2009, it was resurrected and repurposed under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[1][2]

Ministry of Strategic Affairs
המשרד לנושאים אסטרטגיים
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Israel
Minister responsible

The ministry maintains a low public profile, due to its responsibilities for foreign spy operations, particularly surveillance and subversion operations targeting BDS activists and others in the United States, according to a documentary by Al Jazeera, The Lobby.

It is currently headed by Likud official Gilad Erdan.

Internal propagandaEdit

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs believes that state propaganda is less effective in persuading the public than institutions and individuals perceived as independent of the state. For this reason, the Ministry created a “network” of domestic and international organizations to advance the state's "message." Starting in summer 2017, the ministry launched an ILS 7 million campaign to influence major Israeli newspapers, including Yedioth Ahronoth and the The Jerusalem Post. The Ministry secretly gave millions of dollars to large circulation Hebrew-language and English-language newspapers in exchange for advertising, news articles providing "favorable coverage" of the state's anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign, "softball questions" asked to state officials in interviews for publication, and newspaper conferences in which a video produced by the state was screened and state officials presented. Thereafter, the Jerusalem Post published many articles and opinion pieces regarding the “links between BDS and anti-Semitism.” The newspaper and the Ministry denied any connection between the funding provided by the Ministry and the articles.[3]

List of ministersEdit

The Strategic Affairs Minister of Israel (Hebrew: שר לנושאים אסטרטגיים‎, Sar LaNos'im Astrategi'im) is responsible for the ministry, and sits in the Israeli cabinet.

# Minister Party Government Term start Term end Notes
1 Avigdor Lieberman Yisrael Beiteinu 31 30 October 2006 18 January 2008
2 Ehud Olmert Kadima 31 18 January 2008 13 April 2008 Serving Prime Minister
3 Moshe Ya'alon Likud 32 31 March 2009 18 March 2013
4 Yuval Steinitz Likud 33 18 March 2013 14 May 2015
5 Ze'ev Elkin Likud 34 14 May 2015 25 May 2015
5 Gilad Erdan Likud 34 25 May 2015

See alsoEdit