Ministry of Home Front Defense

Ministry of Home Front Defense
המשרד להגנת העורף
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The Home Front Defense Ministry was a ministry in the Israeli government. The post was created for Matan Vilnai by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 19, 2011. At the time, Netanyahu explained his reasoning for the establishment of the new ministry:[1]

Today, I would also like to appoint our friend Matan Vilnai as Home Front Defense Minister. I would also like to make it clear that we are talking bout [sic] establishing a separate ministry – a unique experiment – that will deal with the defense of the home front. This is the case in several other countries, the US for example, even though none of these countries have been hit by 12,000 missiles like we have and there are no such threats hanging over them. They have separate ministries for home front defense, how much more so should Israel, which needs a minister to deal with the issue in a separate and focused manner.

Between 2007 and 2011 Vilnai was effectively in charge of Home Front coordination in his capacity as Deputy Minister of Defense under Ehud Barak.

List of ministers

# Minister Party Governments Term start Term end Notes
1 Matan Vilnai Independence 32 19 January 2011 16 August 2012
2 Avi Dichter Not an MK 32 16 August 2012 18 March 2013 Dichter resigned from Kadima and the Knesset to become Minister.
3 Gilad Erdan Likud 33 18 March 2013 30 June 2014


  1. ^ "PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet Meeting". Prime Minister's Office. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
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