Prime Minister of Israel. The State of Israel adopted at its founding a parliamentary system of government, with a Prime Minister as head of government, and a largely ceremonial President as head of state. In recent years, with the introduction of direct elections for Prime Ministers, the role of the Prime Minister has increased somewhat because a government can exist while having a minority coalition in the parliament, Knesset. However this trend caused excessive fragmentation in the Israeli political system, and a return to the old voting method was approved.
Prime Ministers of Israel
See also: Politics of Israel, lists of incumbents