Factional and Government Make-Up of the Eighth Knesset
Elected on 31 December, 1973.
Speaker: Israel Yeshayahu-Shar'abi;
Deputy Speakers: Shne'or Zalman Abramov, Mordechai Ben-Porath, Mordechai Darnizky
(Yudin), Avraham Gilberber, Ben-Zion Keshet, Yitzhak Peretz,
Pinhas Scheinman, Moshe Shahal.
Secretary General: Netan'el Lorch.
The sixteenth government was formed by Golda Meir, on 10 March, 1974.
The coalition members were: the Alignment, the National Religious Party and the
Independent Liberals. The number of ministers when the government was formed - 22.
The Prime Minister resigned on 11 April, following the publication of the interim
report of the Agranat Commission, which investigated the background to the outbreak
of the Yom Kippur War.
The seventeenth government was formed by Yitzhak Rabin, on 3 June,
1974. The coalition members were: the Alignment, Ratz, the Independent Liberals and
minority lists. The National Religious Party joined the government on 30 October,
and Ratz left on 6 November, 1974. The number of ministers when the government was
formed - 19, and after the NRP joined and Ratz left - 21. The Government resigned
on 22 December, 1976, against the background of the abstention of the NRP in a vote
on a motion of no-confidence, and the removal of its ministers from the government.
The motion had been brought by Agudat Yisrael in connection with the apparent breach
of the Sabbath caused by a ceremony held at an air force base.