The tenth government of Israel was formed on 2 November 1961 following the August elections. Although David Ben-Gurion was appointed Prime Minister, the government was actually formed by Minister of Finance, Levi Eshkol. On 7 September Ben-Gurion had told President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi that he was unable to form a government; on 14 September Ben-Zvi asked Eshkol to form a government, with Eshkol subsequently announcing that he would do so with Ben-Gurion as PM. It turned out to be the last government led by Ben-Gurion.
|Eighth Ben-Gurion Cabinet|
10th Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||2 November 1961|
|Date dissolved||26 June 1963|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (until 23 April 1963)|
Zalman Shazar(from 21 May 1963)
|Head of government||David Ben-Gurion|
National Religious Party
Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Cooperation and Brotherhood
Progress and Development
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Menachem Begin|
|Election(s)||1961 Israeli legislative election|
|Legislature term(s)||5th Knesset|
|Predecessor||9th cabinet of Israel|
|Successor||11th cabinet of Israel|
The coalition included Mapai, the National Religious Party, Ahdut HaAvoda, Poalei Agudat Yisrael, Cooperation and Brotherhood and Progress and Development. Deputy Ministers were appointed four days after the cabinet was in place.
1 Died in office.
2 Although Yosef was not an MK at the time, he was a member of Mapai.
- 1961 timeline Archived 2008-12-03 at the Wayback Machine Jewish Agency for Israel
- Factional and Government Make-Up of the Fifth Knesset Knesset website
- Fifth Knesset: Government 10 Knesset website