Some updates and revisions
Following Israel’s elections of 10 February, a new coalition government is now in power, backed by 69 of the 120 Knesset members and led by new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud).
The government has 30 ministers and 7 deputy ministers. (Israel Radio reported 9 deputy ministers.)
Labor will have 5 ministers in the government, including Ehud Barak remaining in his current post as Defense Minister. So the party is a bit under-represented, although not by much. Its 13 Knesset seats comprise 18.8% of the coalition’s 69 seats, and its ministries are 16.7% of the cabinet.
The calculations in the previous paragraph probably should be revised. The 69 MKs who voted for the government does not include 5 Labor members, who as they had previously promised, abstained on the investiture vote. However, my count of 13 MKs contributing to the government includes all elected Labor members, as I believe it should–at least till such time as they begin actively voting against government bills (or they formally break with the party). The investiture was voted against by 45 MKs. I am not sure who the other abstainer was, in addition to the 5 Labor members. In any case, the government’s base should probably be taken as 74, rather than 69 (and I assume the affirmative votes include the omnipresent UTJ, which has 5 seats). By that standard, Labor represents 17.6% of the coalition and thus its 16.7% of the cabinet is quite proportional. Gamson still rules.
Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu is Foreign Minister. That should be interesting.
Haaretz has now posted photos of the ministers, grouped by party:
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There are only two women in the cabinet (one Likud and one Yisrael Beiteinu, with the portfolios of Culture and Sports, and Absorption). Of course, the leader of the opposition–and incidentally of the largest party in the Knesset–is a woman.