Factional and Government Make-Up of the Fifteenth Knesset
Elected on 17 May, 1999.
Speaker: Avraham Burg
Deputy Speakers: Naomi Chazan, Abdulmalik Dehamshe,
Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Gideon Ezra, Shmuel Halpert, Nahum Langental, Maxim Levy,
Yehudith Naot, Dalia Rabin-Pelossof, Avraham Ravitz, Reuven Rivlin, David Tal.
Secretary General: Arye Hahn
The twenty-eighth government was formed by Ehud Barak on July 6, 1999. The members of
the coalition were One Israel, Shas, Meretz, Center Party, Mafdal, Yahadut Hatorah, and
Yisrael B'Aliya. When the government was formed, there were 18 active ministers, and that
number later increased to 24. Yahadut Hatorah resigned in September 1999 over the
transport of a turbine on Shabbat. The government fell due to security issues following the
onset of the El Aksa Intifada.
The twenty-ninth government was formed by Ariel Sharon on March 7, 2001, following the
special direct elections for a new prime minister. The government was a wide, National
Unity Government which included Likud, Labor-Meimad, Shas, Center Party, Mafdal, Yahadut
Hatorah, Yisrael B'Aliya, and Ichud Leumi-Yisrael Beteinu.
At the formation of the government, there were 26 ministers, and at its height, the government
included 29 ministers.