The third government of Israel was formed by David Ben-Gurion on 8 October 1951, more than two months after the elections. His Mapai party formed a coalition with Mizrachi, Hapoel HaMizrachi, Agudat Yisrael, Poalei Agudat Yisrael and the three Israeli Arab parties, the Democratic List for Israeli Arabs, Progress and Work and Agriculture and Development. There were 15 ministers.
|Third Ben-Gurion Cabinet|
3rd Cabinet of Israel
|Date formed||8 October 1951|
|Date dissolved||24 December 1952|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Chaim Weizmann (until 9 November 1952)|
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (from 16 December 1952)
|Head of government||David Ben-Gurion|
Poalei Agudat Yisrael
Democratic List for Israeli Arabs
Progress and Work
Agriculture and Development
|Status in legislature||Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Peretz Bernstein|
|Election(s)||1951 Israeli legislative election|
|Legislature term(s)||2nd Knesset|
|Predecessor||2nd cabinet of Israel|
|Successor||4th cabinet of Israel|
Agudat Yisrael and Poalei Agudat Yisrael left the coalition on 23 September 1952 (though Kalman Kahana remained a deputy minister) shortly after disagreements over the conscription of women into the IDF. This left the government with only 60 of the 120 seats in the Knesset.
The government resigned on 19 December 1952 due to a dispute with the religious parties over religious education.
- Knesset 2: Government 3 Knesset website