Factional and Government Make-Up of the Fourth Knesset
Elected on 3 November, 1959.
Speaker: Kadish Luz;
Deputy Speakers: Arie Ben-Eliezer, Aharon Ya'acov Greenberg, Beba Idelson, Binyamin Mintz, Hanan Rubin, Yisrael Yeshayahu-Shar'abi;
Secretary General: Moshe Rosetti
The ninth government was formed by David Ben Gurion, on 17 December, 1959.
The coalition members were: Mapai, National Religious Party, Mapam, Ahdut Ha'avoda, the
Progressive Party, the minority lists and one non-partisan member. The number of
ministers when the government was formed - 16. The Prime Minister resigned on
31 January, 1961, against the background of a motion of
no-confidence tabled by Herut and the General Zionists, in connection with the
Lavon Affair, involving accusations by the Prime Minsiter against the former Defense
Minister in connection with the spying affair uncovered in Egypt in 1954.