List of Jewish heads of state and government

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This is a list of people of Jewish origin of Head of State and Governments. The lists includes the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Israel.

  Denotes incumbent head of state or government

Heads of state[edit]

Head of State of Government Title Country In Office Born in Origin
Juan Lindo00001.JPG Juan Lindo President of Honduras  Honduras 2 February 1847 – 1 February 1852 Tegucigalpa, Honduras Spanish
President of El Salvador  El Salvador 7 January 1841 – 1 February 1842
Benjamin Disraeli by Cornelius Jabez Hughes, 1878.jpg Benjamin Disraeli Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  United Kingdom 27 February 1868 – 1 December 1868 Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Italian
Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg Julius Vogel Premier of New Zealand  New Zealand 8 April 1873 – 6 July 1875 London, United Kingdom English
Benjamin Disraeli by Cornelius Jabez Hughes, 1878.jpg Benjamin Disraeli Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  United Kingdom 20 February 1874 – 21 April 1880 Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Italian
Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg Julius Vogel Premier of New Zealand  New Zealand 15 February 1876 – 1 September 1876 London, United Kingdom English
Alessandro Fortis.jpg Alessandro Fortis Prime Minister of Italy  Italy 28 March 1905 – 8 February 1906 Forlì, Papal States Italian
Sidney Sonnino 2.jpg Sidney Sonnino Prime Minister of Italy  Italy 8 February 1906 – 29 May 1906 Pisa, Grand Duchy of Tuscany Italian
11 December 1909 – 31 March 1910
Luigi Luzzatti.jpg Luigi Luzzatti Prime Minister of Italy  Italy 31 March 1910 – 30 March 1911 Venice, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia Italian
Francisco Henriquez Carvajal.jpg Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal President of the Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic 31 July 1916 – 29 November 1916 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Dutch
Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics Prime Minister of Latvia  Latvia 19 June 1921 – 26 January 1923 Durbe, Latvia Latvian
28 June 1923 – 26 January 1924
Sir Francis Henry Dillon Bell, ca 1924.jpg Francis Bell Prime Minister of New Zealand  New Zealand 14 May 1925 – 30 May 1925 Nelson, New Zealand English
Léon Blum Meurisse b 1927.jpg Léon Blum Prime Minister of France  France 16 December 1946 – 22 January 1947 Paris, France Alsacian
Ben-Gurion.jpg David Ben-Gurion
Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 17 May 1948 – 26 January 1954 Płońsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire Polish
Flickr - Government Press Office (GPO) - President Chaim Weizmann.jpg Chaim Weizmann President of Israel  Israel 17 February 1949 – 9 November 1952 Motal, Russian Empire Russian-Belarussian


Rene Mayer.jpg René Mayer Prime Minister of France  France 8 January 1953 – 28 June 1953 Paris, France French
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.jpg Yitzhak Ben-Zvi President of Israel  Israel 16 December 1952 – 23 April 1963 Poltava, Russian Empire Russian-Ukrainian
Pierre Mendès France 1968.jpg Pierre Mendès France Prime Minister of France  France 18 June 1954 – 23 February 1955 Paris, France Portuguese
Moshe Sharett (1948).jpg Moshe Sharett Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 26 January 1954- 3 November 1955 Kherson, Russian Empire Ukrainian
Ben-Gurion.jpg David Ben-Gurion Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 3 November 1955 – 26 June 1963 Płońsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire Polish


Zalman Shazar.jpg Zalman Shazar President of Israel  Israel May 21, 1963 – May 24, 1973 Mir, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire Polish-Belarussian
Levi Eshko portrait 1964.jpg Levi Eshkol
Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 26 June 1963- 26 February 1969 Orativ, Russian Empire Ukrainian
Max Delvalle President of Panama  Panama April 8, 1967 – April 15, 1967 Panama City, Panama Portuguese-Spanish
Golda Meir 03265u.jpg Golda Meir

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 17 March 1969- 3 June 1974 Kiev, Russian Empire Ukrainian
Bruno Kreisky 1983.jpg Bruno Kreisky Chancellor of Austria  Austria 21 April 1970 – 24 May 1983 Vienna, Austria-Hungary Austrian
EKatzir771.jpg Ephraim Katzir President of Israel  Israel 24 May 1973 – 24 May 1978 Kiev, Russian Empire Ukrainian
Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Life of Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, 7th IDF Chief of Staff in photos (11).jpg Yitzhak Rabin

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 3 June 1974- 20 June 1977 Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine Ukrainian-Russian
Menachem Begin, Andrews AFB, 1978.JPG Menachem Begin

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 20 June 1977- 10 October 1983 Brest, Russian Empire Polish-Belarussian- Russian
Yitzhak Navon 1.jpg Yitzhak Navon President of Israel  Israel 24 May 1978 – 5 May 1983 Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine Turkish-Moroccan
Chaim-herzog.jpg Chaim Herzog President of Israel  Israel 5 May 1983 – 13 May 1993 Belfast, Ireland Irish-Belarussian-Russian
Yitzhak Shamir (1980).jpg Yitzhak Shamir

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 10 October 1983- 13 July 1992 Ruzhinoy, Russian Empire Belarussian - Russian
Shimon Peres, WJC Plenary Assembly, 2009.jpg Shimon Peres
Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 13 September 1984- 20 October 1986 Wiszniew, Poland Polish
Eric Arturo Delvalle President of Panama  Panama 28 September 1985 – 26 February 1988 Panama City, Panama Portuguese-Spanish
Petre Roman.jpg Petre Roman Prime Minister of Romania  Romania 26 December 1989 – 1 October 1991 Bucharest, Romania Hungarian
Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Life of Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, 7th IDF Chief of Staff in photos (11).jpg Yitzhak Rabin Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 13 July 1992- 4 November 1995 Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine Ukrainian-Russian
פרופ' שלמה אקשטיין ועזר ויצמן (24519769611) (cropped).jpg Ezer Weizman President of Israel  Israel 13 May 1993 – 13 July 2000 Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine Belarussian
Ruth Dreifuss (2014, cropped).jpg Ruth Dreifuss Member of Swiss Federal Council   Switzerland 10 March 1993- 31 December 2002 St. Gallen, Switzerland Swiss
Efraín Goldenberg Prime Minister of Peru  Peru 17 February 1994 – 28 July 1995 Lima, Peru Romanian
Shimon Peres, WJC Plenary Assembly, 2009.jpg Shimon Peres Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 22 November 1995- 18 June 1996 Wiszniew, Poland Polish
Benjamin Netanyahu 2012.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 18 June 1996- 6 July 1999 Tel Aviv, Israel Polish-Belarussian-Lithuanian
Janet Jagan.png Janet Jagan Prime Minister of Guyana  Guyana 17 March 1997 – 19 December 1997 Chicago, United States American
President of Guyana 19 December 1997 – 11 August 1999
Sergey Kiriyenko December 2011-1.jpeg Sergey Kiriyenko Prime Minister of Russia  Russia 23 March 1998 – 23 August 1998 Sukhumi, Abkhaz ASSR, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union Russian
E Primakov 03.jpg Yevgeny Primakov Prime Minister of Russia  Russia 11 September 1998 – 12 May 1999 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union Russian
Ruth Dreifuss (2014, cropped).jpg Ruth Dreifuss President of Switzerland   Switzerland 1 January 1999 – 31 December 1999 St. Gallen, Switzerland Swiss
Ehud Barak official.jpg Ehud Barak
Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 6 July 1999- 7 March 2001 Mishmar HaSharon,

Mandatory Palestine

Lithuanian
Moshe Katsav 2, by Amir Gilad.JPG Moshe Katsav President of Israel  Israel 1 August 2000 – 1 July 2007 Yazd, Iran Iranian
Ariel Sharon, by Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution).jpg Ariel Sharon
Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 7 March 2001- 14 April 2006 Kfar Malal, Mandatory Palestine Belarussian- Russian
Mikhail Fradkov, 2014.jpg Mikhail Fradkov Prime Minister of Russia  Russia 5 March 2004 – 14 September 2007 Samara, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Russian
Zurab Zhvania (April 28, 2004).jpg Zurab Zhvania Prime Minister of Georgia  Georgia 17 February 2004 – 3 February 2005 Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union Armenian
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski 2016 (cropped).jpg Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Prime Minister of Peru  Peru 16 August 2005 – 27 July 2006 Lima, Peru Polish
Ehud Olmert 2006May23.jpg Ehud Olmert

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 14 April 2006- 31 March 2009 Binyamina, Mandatory Palestine Russian
Shimon Peres by David Shankbone.jpg Shimon Peres President of Israel  Israel July 15, 2007 – July 24, 2014 Wiszniew, Poland Polish
John Key February 2015.jpg John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand  New Zealand 19 November 2008 – 12 December 2016 Auckland, New Zealand Austrian
Yehude Simon Munaro.JPG Yehude Simon Prime Minister of Peru  Peru 14 October 2008 – 11 July 2009 Lima, Peru Italian
Benjamin Netanyahu 2012.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel  Israel 31 March 2009- Incumbent Tel Aviv, Israel Polish-Belarussian-Lithuanian
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Fischer.JPG Jan Fischer Prime Minister of the Czech Republic  Czech Republic 8 May 2009 – 13 July 2010 Prague, Czechoslovakia Czech
Salomón Lerner.jpg Salomón Lerner Ghitis Prime Minister of Peru  Peru 28 July 2011 – 10 December 2011 Lima, Peru Peruvian
Reuven Rivlin as the president of Israel.jpg Reuven Rivlin President of Israel  Israel 24 July 2014-Incumbent Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine Austrian- Ukrainian-Russian
Volodymyr Groysman 2016.jpg Volodymyr Groysman Prime Minister of Ukraine  Ukraine 14 April 2016-Incumbend Vinnytsia, Soviet Union Ukrainian
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski 2016 (cropped).jpg Pedro Pablo Kuczynski President of Peru  Peru 28 July 2016 – 23 March 2018 Lima, Peru Polish