Parliamentary Groups
 


Agudat Yisrael

Description:

Agudat Yisrael, a Haredi-Hassidic party, was established in 1912 in the Diaspora. The famous letter from David Ben-Gurion which set down the guidelines of the religious "status quo" was sent to the leaders of Agudat Yisrael in 1947. Agudat Yisrael was represented in all of the Knessets, either as an independent parliamentary, or as part of a larger unified religious bloc. In the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Knessets, Agudat Yisrael entered the Knesset as part of the Yahadut Hatorah Parliamentary Group together with the Degel Hatorah, but prior to the elections of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Knessets, Yahadut Hatorah separated into its two parties for administrative purposes. Agudat Yisrael participated in a number of parliamentary coalitions, but mostly was not represented by ministers in the government. The party is largely sectorial, caring for the welfare of its constituents in areas of educational institutions, housing, welfare services, transfer payments and exemption from military service, and the Jewish-religious character of the State. In the past, Agudat Yisrael was not identified clearly on the Right-Left political spectrum, though since the beginning of the political process in the early 1990ís, it is identified with nationalistic positions.


The Knessets in Which it Served:

2
20/08/1951
15/08/1955
Knesset Members:   Zalman Ben-Yaakov   Avraham Deutsch   Yitzhak-Meir Levin   Shlomo Lorincz  
4
30/11/1959
04/09/1961
Knesset Members:   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Yitzhak-Meir Levin   Shlomo Lorincz   Menahem Porush  
5
04/09/1961
22/11/1965
Knesset Members:   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Yitzhak-Meir Levin   Shlomo Lorincz   Menahem Porush  
6
22/11/1965
17/11/1969
Knesset Members:   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Yitzhak-Meir Levin   Shlomo Lorincz   Menahem Porush  
7
17/11/1969
21/01/1974
Knesset Members:   Yehuda Meir Abramovicz   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Yitzhak-Meir Levin   Shlomo Lorincz   Yaakov Mizrachi   Menahem Porush  
8
21/01/1974
13/06/1977
Knesset Members:   Yehuda Meir Abramovicz   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Shlomo Lorincz  
9
13/06/1977
20/07/1981
Knesset Members:   Yehuda Meir Abramovicz   Shlomo-Jacob Gross   Shlomo Lorincz   Menahem Porush  
10
20/07/1981
13/08/1984
Knesset Members:   Shmuel Halpert   Shlomo Lorincz   Menahem Porush   Avraham Yosef Schapira  
11
13/08/1984
21/11/1988
Knesset Members:   Menahem Porush   Avraham Yosef Schapira  
12
21/11/1988
13/07/1992
Knesset Members:   Moseh Zeev Feldman   Shmuel Halpert   Eliezer Mizrachi   Menahem Porush   Avraham Verdiger  
13
13/07/1992
17/06/1996
Knesset Members:   Avraham Yosef Schapira   Avraham Verdiger  
14
17/06/1996
07/06/1999
Knesset Members:   Shmuel Halpert   Avraham Leizerson   Meir Porush  
16
17/02/2003
17/04/2006
Knesset Members:   Israel Eichler   Shmuel Halpert   Yakov Litzman   Meir Porush  
17
17/04/2006
24/02/2009
Knesset Members:   Shmuel Halpert   Yakov Litzman   Yehoshua Menachem Pollack   Meir Porush  
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