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Transportation Minister of Israel


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The Ministry of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety (MOT) (Hebrew: משרד התחבורה, התשתיות הלאומיות והבטיחות בדרכים‎, Arabic: وزارة المواصلات، البنى التحتية الوطنية والسلامة على الطرق‎) is a government agency that handles transportation and road safety issues in Israel. The ministry headquarters are in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.[1]

Minister of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety

The Minister of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety (Hebrew: שר התחבורה, התשתיות הלאומיות והבטיחות בדרכים‎, Sar HaTahbura, HaTashtiyot HaLe'umiyot VeHaBetihut BaDrakhim), formerly Minister of Transport heads the ministry. A relatively minor post in the Israeli cabinet, it is often given to smaller parties in the governing coalitions. Nevertheless, there has been a Minister of Transport in every Israeli government to date. Yisrael Katz of Likud is the incumbent.[2]

Three Prime Ministers (David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon) have held the transport portfolio whilst in office, though only for a short time, whilst three Ministers of Transport (Ezer Weizman, Moshe Katsav and Shimon Peres) had gone on to become President.

There is also occasionally a Deputy Minister of Transport.[2]

Functions and structure

The Ministry of Transport handles road safety; operation of traffic services; and maintaining international air, sea, and overland links. Land transport departments include the Licensing Division, Vehicles Division, Traffic Division, Road Safety Administration, and Financial Supervision Division. The Shipping and Ports Administration handles maritime transport, and the Civil Aviation Administration handles air transport. The Meteorological Service covers all three areas. Units subordinate to the director-general include Planning and Economics, Legal Counsel, Public Relations, Internal Auditing, Finance, and Emergency Arrangements. The Israel Airports Authority and the Ports and Railways Authority have a special status as corporations established by law.

The Planning and Economics Division coordinates transport policy, work plans, budgets, and funding; sets policy on prices, levies, and fees; monitors the administration of the Airports Authority and the Ports and Railways Authority; coordinates information systems and transportation research; and oversees physical planning and monitoring of master plans.[3]

Development plans

In 2010, Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, unveiled a NIS 8 billion transportation plan for the city drawn up in collaboration with the Transport Ministry. The plan includes a new light rail line, extensions of the first phase of the red line now under construction, a series of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes and five new roads.[4]

List of ministers

Parties

      Mapai/Alignment/Labor       Mizrachi/NRP/NU       General Zionists       Ahdut HaAvoda       Likud       Dash       Centre       Kadima

Status

      Acting Minister

No. Name Party Term of office Govt. (P.M.)

Minister of Transport (1948–2006)

style="background:Template:Mapai/meta/color; color:white;" |1 David Remez Mapai May 14, 1948 November 1, 1950 Prov·1 (Ben-Gurion)
style="background:Template:Mapai/meta/color; color:white;" |2 Dov Yosef Mapai November 1, 1950 October 8, 1951 2 (Ben-Gurion)
style="background:Template:National Union-National Religious Party/meta/color; color:white;" |3 David-Zvi Pinkas Mizrachi October 8, 1951 August 14, 1952[1] 3 (Ben-Gurion)
style="background:Template:Mapai/meta/color; color:white;" |– David Ben-Gurion (as PM) Mapai August 14, 1952 December 24, 1952
4 Yosef Serlin General Zionists December 24, 1952 December 29, 1953 4 (Ben-Gurion)
5 Yosef Sapir General Zionists December 29, 1953 June 29, 1955 4 (Ben-Gurion)
5 (Sharett)
style="background:Template:Mapai/meta/color; color:white;" |6 Zalman Aran Mapai June 29, 1955 November 3, 1955 6 (Sharett)
7 Moshe Carmel[2] Ahdut HaAvoda November 3, 1955 December 17, 1959 7·8 (Ben-Gurion)
8 Yitzhak Ben-Aharon Ahdut HaAvoda December 17, 1959 May 28, 1962 9·10 (Ben-Gurion)
9 Israel Bar-Yehuda Ahdut HaAvoda May 28, 1962 May 4, 1965[1] 10 (Ben-Gurion)
11·12 (Eshkol)
(7) Moshe Carmel[3] Ahdut HaAvoda;
Alignment (Labor)
May 30, 1965 December 15, 1969 12·13 (Eshkol)
14 (Meir)
10 Ezer Weizman[4] Alignment (Labor) December 15, 1969 August 6, 1970 15 (Meir)
11 Shimon Peres Alignment (Labor) September 1, 1970 March 10, 1974
12 Aharon Yariv Alignment (Labor) March 10, 1974 June 3, 1974 16 (Meir)
13 Gad Yaacobi Alignment (Labor) June 3, 1974 June 20, 1977 17 (Rabin)
Menachem Begin (as PM) Likud June 20, 1977 October 24, 1977 18 (Begin)
14 Meir Amit Dash October 24, 1977 September 15, 1978
15 Haim Landau[4] Likud January 15, 1979 August 5, 1981
16 Haim Corfo Likud August 5, 1981 December 22, 1988 19 (Begin)
20 (Shamir)
21 (Peres)
22 (Shamir)
17 Moshe Katsav Likud December 22, 1988 July 13, 1992 23·24 (Shamir)
18 Israel Kessar Labor July 13, 1992 June 18, 1996 25 (Rabin)
26 (Peres)
style="background:Template:National Union-National Religious Party/meta/color; color:white;" |19 Yitzhak Levy National Religious Party June 18, 1996 February 25, 1998 27 (Netanyahu)
style="background:Template:National Union-National Religious Party/meta/color; color:white;" |20 Shaul Yahalom National Religious Party February 25, 1998 July 6, 1999
21 Yitzhak Mordechai Centre Party July 6, 1999 May 30, 2000 28 (Barak)
22 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Centre Party October 11, 2000 March 7, 2001
23 Ephraim Sneh Labour March 7, 2001 November 2, 2002 29 (Sharon)
Ariel Sharon (as PM) Likud November 2, 2002 December 15, 2002
24 Tzachi Hanegbi Likud December 15, 2002 February 28, 2003
style="background:Template:National Union-National Religious Party/meta/color; color:white;" |25 Avigdor Lieberman National Union February 28, 2003 June 6, 2004 30 (Sharon)
26 Meir Sheetrit Likud July 4, 2004 August 31, 2004
August 31, 2004 May 4, 2006

Minister of Transport and Road Safety (2006–2009)

27 Shaul Mofaz Kadima May 4, 2006 March 31, 2009 31 (Olmert)

Minister of Transport, National Infrastructure and Road Safety (2009– )

28 Yisrael Katz Likud March 31, 2009 Incumbent 32 (Netanyahu)

1 Died in office

2 Not an MK until June 9, 1958

3 Not an MK after March 17, 1969

4 Not an MK

Deputy Ministers

Parties

      Mapai/Alignment/Labor       Likud       New Liberal Party       Agudat

No. Name Party Term of office Govt.
style="background:Template:Mapai/meta/color; color:white;" |1 Reuven Sheri Mapai April 2, 1951 October 8, 1951 2
2 Gad Yaacobi Alignment (Labor) November 2, 1972 March 10, 1974 15
3 David Shiffman[1] Likud August 11, 1981 October 18, 1982 19
4 Pinhas Goldstein New Liberal Party July 2, 1990 November 20, 1990 24
5 Efraim Gur Unity for Peace and Immigration; Likud November 20, 1990 July 13, 1992
6 Avraham Yehezkel Labor March 7, 2001 November 2, 2002 29
7 Sofa Landver Labor August 12, 2002 November 2, 2002
style="background:Template:National Union-National Religious Party/meta/color; color:white;" |8 Shmuel Halpert Agudat Yisrael March 30, 2005 May 4, 2006 30

1 Died in office.[2]

References

External links

Israel portal
Transport portal
  • Ministry of Transport and Road Safety
  • Ministry of Transport and Road Safety (Hebrew)
  • Ministry of Transport and Road Safety (Arabic)
  • All Ministers in the Ministry of Transportation Knesset website

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