Israel

Official name: 
State of Israel
Name in local language: 
Medinat Yisrael
Form of government: 
Republic
Political system: 
Parliamentary Democracy
  • Founding date/ Date of independence: 1948
  • Date of constitution/reform: no constitution
  • Form of state: Unitary
  • Administrative divisions: 5 districts
  • Official language(s): Hebrew and Arabic
  • Other spoken languages: Yiddish, Russian, English and many others 
  • Religion status of teh State: Confessional (Jewish)
  • Minorities: Arab; religious: Muslim, Christian, and Druze
  • Dominant actor(s): Army and Civil Society
  • Elected institutions of government: Parliament and Local Councils 
  • Non-elected  institutions of government: President
  • Party system: multi-party system, with coexistence of ideological parties and sectorial ones

Current authorities

  • Head of state: Reuven Rivlin, since 2014
  • Head of government: Benjamin Netanyahu since 2009, reelected in 2013 and in 2015
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) acting, assisted by Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely
  • Minister of Interior: Aryeh Deri (Shas)
  • Minister of Defense: Avigdor Lieberman (Ysrael Beitenu)
  • Head(s) of Legislative Branch: Yoel Edelstein (Likud)
  • Composition legislative branch: Link to PDF
  • Head of the Judiciary: Miriam Naor (President of the Supreme Court)
  • Schematic representation of the political system:

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