In late November 2005, new Labor Party leader Amir Peretz decided to pull the party out of the government and the Knesset announced that national elections would be held on March 28, 2006. Ariel Sharon announced he was leaving the Likud and starting a new party and subsequently ministers from other parties were dismissed from the cabinet. In January 2006, Sharon fell ill and Ehud Olmert became acting prime minister.
Moshe Katsav — President of the State of Israel:
Ariel Sharon - Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert - Acting Prime Minister since Jan 4 2006. Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor; Minister of Finance; Minister of the Interior; Minister of Social Welfare
Ronnie Bar-On - Minister of National Infrastructures; Minister of Science and Technology
Ze'ev Boim - Minister of Housing and Construction; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Develoment
Ya'akov Edery - Minister of Health, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
Gideon Ezra - Minister of Public Security; Minister of the Environment
Tzachi Hanegbi - Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
Abraham Hirchson - Minister of Tourism; Minister of Communications
Tzipi Livni - Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Immigrant Absorption; Minister of Justice
Shaul Mofaz - Minister of Defense
Meir Sheetrit - Minister of Transportation and Road Safety; Minister of Education, Culture and Sport
Aflalo - Deputy Minister of Industry
and Trade (Kadima)
Senior Government Officials
Reuven Rivlin- Speaker
of the Knesset
Tourism Minister Benyamin Elon (National Union)
and Minister of Transportation Avigdor
Union) were fired by Sharon on June 4, 2004.
On December 1, 2004, Sharon fired the following ministers from the Shinui party for voting against the government's 2005 budget: Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister: Yosef Lapid; Minister of National Infrastructures: Eliezer Sandberg; Interior Minister: Avraham Poraz; Minister of Science and Technology; Acting Minister of the Environment: Ilan Shalgi; Deputy Minister of the Interior: Victor Brailovsky.
Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry