The Prime Minister's Office assists the Prime Minister in his work and coordinates inter-ministerial activities in various fields, in accordance with Government resolutions and the priorities
determined by the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister's Office is responsible for:
• Setting Government policies
• Determining the agenda for cabinet meetings and overseeing cabinet meetings
• Coordinating sensitive security and foreign affairs issues
• Coordinating the activities of Government ministries and minister
• Implementing Knesset policies
• Outlining the communications policy at the Prime Minister's Office and its subordinate agencies
A large number of organizations operate within the framework of the Prime Minister's Office – some are integrated in its day-to-day work and others constitute separate, independent units supervised by the Office. The following are among the major bodies integrated in the Office work:
The Government Secretariat
The Government Secretariat is responsible for various fields in the day-to-day work of the Government, primarily cabinet meetings and Ministerial Committees; Liaison between the Government and the Knesset; Liaison between the Government and the President; Government Spokesperson; follow-up and implementation of Government Resolutions and other special functions.
The Secretariat operates in accordance with the “Basic Law: Government” and on the basis of the “Statute of Government Operation”. It is headed by the Cabinet Secretary, who is appointed by the Government, based on the Prime Minister's recommendation.
The National Security Council
The National Security Council (NSC) is the staff forum for the Prime Minister and the Government on national security. It derives its authority from the law and operates in accordance with the Prime Minister’s guidelines.
The Head of the National Security Council, who also serves as the Prime Minister's National Security Adviser, is directly subordinate to the Prime Minister and reports directly to him on all issues pertaining to national security.
The Public Diplomacy Directorate
The Public Diplomacy Directorate coordinates the activities of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office on the one side, and the media. This work includes routine activity as well as events and tours. The Prime Minister’s Media Advisor heads the Directorate.
The main activities of the Public Diplomacy Directorate and Media Advisor to the Prime Minister include:
• Communicating the policies and decisions of the government and the Prime Minister.
• Planning, administering and implementing the State of Israel’s public diplomacy campaign vis-à-vis media outlets in Israel and abroad.
• Providing media advice, both day-to-day and in times of emergency, and managing media crises.
• Formulating and analyzing current situation reports regarding the media-related agenda.
• Advising the Prime Minister and the various bodies in the Prime Minister’s Office on media-related affairs.
• Responsibility to publicize ceremonies, visits to various locations and attend various national events.
The National Information Directorate
The National Information Directorate was established as the results of the lessons learned during the Second Lebanon War. Its function is to coordinate the public diplomacy activities of various governmental bodies in foreign and security affairs, and on socioeconomic issues.
The Government Press Office
The Government Press Office (GPO) is responsible, on behalf of the Prime Minister, for coordinating channels of communication between the Government of Israel and the foreign press corps in Israel. The GPO issues press cards and works to ensure proper media coverage of key state functions, state visits and visits by foreign dignitaries to Israel.
Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office
The Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office leads the staff work and policies implemented in the Prime Minister’s Office in a range of economic, social and civil matters.
The Director General coordinates the governmental staff work on these issues on behalf of the Prime Minister, and is a leader and central partner in large national projects on the agenda of the government and the Prime Minister.
Central Bodies Operating Under the Director General’s Authority:
The National Economic Council
The National Economic Council was established in September 2006 to serve as a professional authority in the Prime Minister’s Office to advise the Prime Minister on economic matters on an ongoing manner, and to assist in formulating socioeconomic policy. The Council works in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Israel and other parties, to advise the Prime Minister and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office on economic matters based on long-term planning, is involved in issues on the government’s agenda, and helps streamline the government’s decision-making process in socioeconomic fields..
Department for Governance and Social Affairs
The Department for Governance and Social Affairs leads the activities of the Prime Minister’s Office in the field of governance, including developing planning policies with regard to the work of government ministries, and advancing reforms in the government’s work and structure. The Department is charged with strengthening the interface between citizens and the government, including in discussions with the third and business sectors, leading activities by the Prime Minister’s Office in social fields, including those pertaining to services provided in education, immigration and immigrant absorption, health, welfare, culture and sports. In addition, the Department deal with issues related to the Ministry for Social Equality and the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women.
The Division for Home
Affairs, Planning and Development
The Division for Home Affairs, Planning and Development leads the activities of the Prime Minister’s Office in fields related to domestic policy, including local authorities; planning policies, land development and allocation; migration; agriculture and rural development; the environment; personal security and emergency preparedness; and religious services. The Division specializes in formulating and managing development plans and implementing cross-governmental, multi-system national plans—in accordance with government resolutions. As such, the Division develops and manages plans for regional, settlement and sectoral development. In addition, the Division leads the activities of the Prime Minister’s Office in the area of Diaspora affairs and hasbara.
The Division of the Inspector-General for State Control
The Division of the Inspector General for State Control complements the work of the State Comptroller's Office. The Division's primary goal is to improve the functioning, efficiency and quality of the public service following the correcting of deficiencies identified by the State Comptroller, and to implement the State Comptroller's recommendations, as well as the decisions of the State Control Ministerial Committee and Knesset Committee.
All government ministries and other controlled bodies report to the Division on the correction of deficiencies identified by the State Comptroller, as well as the implementation of government and Knesset resolutions on State control. The Division operates as a liaison body between the State Comptroller's Office, the Government, the Knesset, government ministries and public agencies. The Division's activity is anchored in laws, regulations, opinions and various government resolutions.
Israel’s State Archive
The State Archive is the official national archive of the State of Israel. It was established along with the establishment of the State of Israel and its activities were regularized in the Archives Law (1955).
The State Archivist heads the State Archives. The Archives Law is the legal, administrative and professional framework for managing the state’s archival system. Regulations and directives that supplement the Law affords the archivist, and through him the employees of the State Archive, the authority to guide, instruct and oversee the administration of the archives and records of state institutions, local authorities and governmental corporations.
The President and Prime Minister Memorial Council
The President and Prime Minister Memorial Council was established in 1986 subsequent to the President and Prime Minister Memorial Law (1986). The minister charged with implementing the law is the Prime Minister, who also serves as the head of the Council.
The Council’s main roles include:
A. In accordance with the directives of the law, proposing to the government, at its own initiative or that of the government, plans to commemorate those who have served as President or Prime Minister of Israel.
B. The plan will specify the memorial activities to be conducted by the government, and those to be conducted by other public bodies with governmental support, including for projects or institutions that bear the name of the deceased, if the Council deems it appropriate for commemorating the deceased, while taking into consideration their personality, activities and other relevant aspects. The plan will include the estimated cost of implementing it and will propose sources of funding.
C. In accordance with the instructions of the Law, overseeing the implementation of the commemoration plans and report about them to the government. To this end, the Council has the authority to demand from anyone who participated in implementing commemorative activities using public funding to provide any information or document it requires to carry out its role as overseer.
D. In accordance with the instructions of the Law, advising the State Archivist with regard to publishing a selection of speeches, lectures and writings by the deceased; holding a public exhibition of their writings or other documentary materials relating to them, whether in the Sate Archive or in any other public place.
E. Conducting and overseeing official memorial ceremonies, in partnership with the Israel National Events Center.
F. Liaising between public commemorative bodies, and serving as a center for public affairs on matters regarding presidents and prime ministers of Israel.
The Public Council for the Commemoration of Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl
The Public Council for the Commemoration of Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl was established in accordance with the Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl Law (Commemorating His Memory and Work) of June 29, 2004, in order to implement the Law.
The goal of the Law is to impart Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl’s vision, legacy and work to the next generation, to commemorate him, and to shape the State of Israel, its institutions, its goals and its image in accordance with Herzl’s Zionist vision. To this end, educational, values-based activities are held in state institutions, the IDF and schools, and awarding scholarships are awarded to pupils and financial support is provided from the state treasury for public institutions working to realize the goals of the Law.
The Council operates under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office, and its members are appointed by the Prime Minister. The tasks of the Council are to advise the Prime Minister with regard to implementing the Law; to recommend policies and targets regarding activities as determined by the Law and follow-up on their implementation; to prepare and present to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance a proposed annual budget for the State’s participation in the implementation of the Law; to advise the Prime Minister in determining conditions for support from the Treasury for public institutions in order to advance the goals of the Law, including with regard to conducting events on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and preserving, restoring and presenting exhibits and documents relating to Herzl’s life and work.
Planning, Coordination and Organization Division
The Planning, Coordination and Organization Division was established to develop and implement organizational and administrative mechanisms using methodologies for planning, quality and excellence management, training, education and knowledge administration.
The Division’s work is based on implementing organizational infrastructure and innovative and advanced work methods, which will lend added value to the organization:
• In the field of planning, supervision and oversight—Managing the strategic organization of the work plans of the departments in the Prime Minister’s Office, supervising their implementation and determining measures for outcomes and productivity, advancing the subject of managing quality and excellence in the organization.
• In the field of training and continuing education—Building and implementing strategic plans to train and develop the organization’s human capital through designated courses, professional training, advanced degree studies and continuing education, managing and arranging conferences and symposia.
• In the field of records and information administration—Administering the archival system that serves as the primary source of information in the Prime Minister’s Office, developing and preserving knowledge through electronic records.
• In the field of administering extensive, office-wide projects—Administering and coordinating transverse projects in the Prime Minister’s Office dealing with organizational change that are intended to improve fiscal or organizational efficiency.
• In the field of intra-office regulation—Designing mechanisms to preserve knowledge and create synchronicity, consistency and uniform conduct, building a handbook of office procedures.
The Conversion Division
The Conversion Division provides services across the country to citizens and residents undergoing religious conversion to Judaism. The Division’s services include:
• Supervising the level of studies, ensuring it is executed in full and that the study program and knowledge correspond with that needed to approach the conversion court.
• Assigning a family to accompany the person seeking to convert.
• Conducting the final conversion steps (ritual immersion and circumcision) for converts.
• Marriage registration for those who converted through the official conversion process.
• Issuing a conversion certificate testifying to the completion of the conversion process.
• Providing professional assistance in investigating and proving Jewish origin at no cost.
Atudot Le’Israel Division
Atudot Le'Israel is a strategic plan to develop the human capital talent pool in the public service sector, which includes more than one million employees.
Atudot Le’Israel includes a range of managerial and professional programs. It begins with an ethos for the public servants sector, includes channels to nurture excellence, cadet programs, leadership programs that nurture mid-level high-potential employees, and culminates in system-wide leadership programs for senior officials in the public servants sector.
Government Resolution No. 1653 of July 10, 2016, approved the recommendations presented in a report by the professional and inter-ministerial team regarding Atudot Le’Israel. The basic premise of the report is that in an era dealing with the challenges of the present and the future requires a network of public servants working together to motivate organizations and start significant processes in the State of Israel—in efficiency, in ethical standards, in professionalism, in citizen-oriented thinking—for the greater good and with a long-term view.
The program is the first of its kind for developing the human capital talent pool in the Civil Service, and focuses on the four primary service providers to citizens: the education system, the health system, the welfare system and local authorities.
Subsequent to the Government Resolution, a division was established in the Prime Minister’s Office that deals with, among other things, following up on the implementation of the report’s recommendations, establishing and developing governing councils in the various systems and accompanying them in their work, devising new Atuda (managerial and professional) programs, and supporting the activity plans, among other things.
Additionally, the goal of the Division is to advance standardization of programs to develop human capital in the wider public sector—for existing and future programs. The Division helps the partner bodies establish and run Atuda programs with higher efficiency and synchronicity.
In addition to the aforementioned, other independent bodies subordinate to the Prime Minister’s Office include the Mossad Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, the Israel Security Agency, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Atomic Energy Committee, the National Authority for Religious Services, the Ministry for Social Equality, the Governmental Naming Committee, the Government ICT Authority, the Identity and Biometric Applications Unit and the Israel Institute for Biological Research.