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  • January 27, 2013

    Meet next Knesset’s 53 new MKs

    Nearly half of 19th Knesset seats to be occupied by fresh faces; five former MKs return to parliament

    Yaron Druckman,7340,L-4336191,00.html

    Nearly half of the 19th Knesset seats will be occupied by fresh faces. Coming in all political shades, 47 members will enter parliament for the first time, and five will be re-admitted to after previous stints.

    In addition, statistics show that the next Knesset will likely include 26 women and 38 religious representatives – a record number for both groups.

    Though the list might change after soldiers’ votes are counted, these are the expected new MKs:


    Yair Shamir (67) – Former PM Yitzhak Shamir‘s son. Former colonel in the Air Force. Former chairman of the Israel Aerospace Industries.

    Moshe Feiglin (50) – Major (res.) Head of the Jewish Leadership faction in the Likud. Founded the Zo Artzeinu movement.

    Shimon Ohayon (67) – Professor at Bar-Ilan University’s School of Education. Former Brit Yotzei Morocco chairman.

    Tzachi Hanegbi (55) – MK between 1988 and 2010, save for a brief period. Former minister of health, justice, environment, transportation,

    public security and a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. His last role in parliament was as chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

    Yesh Atid

    Yair Lapid (49) – Chairman and founder of the Yesh Atid party, writer, former journalist and TV host. Son of writer, journalist and politician Yosef (Tommy) Lapid and of writer and playwright Shulamit Lapid.

    Shai Piron (53) – Rabbi. Until recently chairman of the High School Yeshivas in Petach Tikva and of the Hakol Hinuch movement. Founder and leader of the Tzohar foundation, dedicated to religious-secular dialogue.

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    Meir Cohen and Yael German with Lapid (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Yael German (65) – Mayor of Herzliya between 1988-2013. MBA in public leadership, BA in history and a teaching diploma.

    Meir Cohen (57) – Mayor of Dimona for Yisrael Beiteinu since 2003. Former high school principal.

    Yaakov Peri (68) – Former Shin Bet director. Served as president and CEO of Cellcom and as chairman of the Mizrahi-Tefahot bank board. Harvard business school graduate and BA in oriental studies and Jewish history.

    Ofer Shelah (52) – Journalist since 1988. Former leading basketball commentator for the Israeli Sports Channel. Host of various news and political TV shows.

    Aliza Lavie (48) – Scholar and writer, publicist and social activist. Senior lecturer at the School of Communication at Bar Ilan University. Her study focuses on communications, multi-culturalism, and the world of feminine Jewish knowledge.

    Yoel Razvozov (32) – Former Israeli Judo Team captain, won two silver medals in the European championships and represented Israel in the 2004 Athens Olympics.


    Yoel Razvozov (Photo: Reuven Schwarz)

    Adi Kol (36) – Columbia University Law School doctorate. Founded the Dinei Rechov program which rehabilitates juvenile delinquents through education and empowerment.

    Karin Elharar (35) – Advocate Elharar directs the Bar Ilan Faculty of Law clinics, including the disabled and the elderly and holocaust survivors rights clinics, founded during her term.

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    Karin Elharar (R) and Adi Kol (B) with Lapid (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Miki Levi (61) – Former Jerusalem District Police chief. CEO of Egged Transportation and public and urban safety consultant in Russia and Brazil.

    Shimon Solomon (44) – Major (res.) Made aliya on foot from Ethiopia in 1980 with his parents and five brothers and sisters. Until recently director of education in Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village for Rwandan genocide orphans.


    Miki Levi (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Ruth Calderon (51) – Doctor Calderon was the TV host of a culture program. Was a consultant to Yedioth publishing, and for the Shenhar committee which examined Jewish education in public schools. Head of the culture and education division of the National Library.

    Pnina Tamano-Shata (31) – The first Ethiopian woman in the Knesset. Former Channel 1 correspondent.

    Rina Frenkel (56) – Deputy CEO of the Employment Services.

    Yifat Kariv (39) – Social activist for education, women and youth causes. Former Youth Division director in the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and a member of the Galilee and Hod Hasharon municipal council.

    Dov Lipman (41) – Rabbi Lipman was involved in education, public and community activity in the US and Israel for 20 years. Former principal and a teacher at various US high schools, and a rabbi and teacher at various yeshivot in Beit Shemesh.

    Boaz Toporovski (32) – Former National Union of Israeli Students chairman. Head of the Public Committee for Equality in Higher Education, former member of the Tel Aviv University board, member of the Higher Education Committee and member of the European Students’ Union board.

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    Boaz Toporovsky (Photo: Kobi Koanks)

    Ronen Hoffman (49) – Lecturer on government, political psychology and communications at the IDC in Herzliya. Doctor Hoffman was an active member in the Israel-Syria peace delegation, a diplomatic advisor to the defense minister and personal assistant to former PM Yitzhak Rabin.


    Merav Michaeli (46) – Journalist. Host of various TV and radio programs. Feminist activist.

    Hilik Bar (37) – Labor party secretary general. Jerusalem city councilman, and holder of the tourism and foreign relations portfolios for the Jerusalem municipality.

    Omer Bar Lev (59) – Former General Staff Reconnaissance Unit commander, Hi-tech entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the Aharai! movement.

    Stav Shaffir (27) – Leader of the 2011 social protest and founder of the Hatnua Hachevratit movement to promote young leadership. Will be the youngest MK.

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    Stav Shafir (Photo: Ido Erez)

    Erel Margalit (52) – Hi-tech and social entrepreneur from Jerusalem. Founder of the JVP hedge-fund.

    Itzik Shmuli (32) – Former Student Union chairman and leader of the 2011 social protest. Lod resident and leader of a national initiative for its development.

    Miki Rosenthal (57) – Investigative journalist, mainly in social-economic matters. Made the film “The Shakshuka System” which exposed the relationship between wealth and power in Israel.

    Michal Biran (34) – Chairman of the Young Guard of the party and a doctorate student of political science at the Tel Aviv University, specializes in pension policy.

    Moshe Mizrachi (61) – Founder and first chief of the International Crime Investigations Unit, former head of investigations and chief of the Judea District Police, a leader of the struggle against corruption.

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    Naftali Bennett (40) – Major (res.) in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, team leader in Magelan unit. Founding member of the Cyota hi-tech company, which specialized in internet security, sold in 2005 for $145 million. Former PM Netanyahu’s chief of staff and Yesha council chairman.

    Nissan Slomiansky (66) – First Gush Emunim chairman, Elkana founder and council head. Previous Knesset member.

    Eliyahu Ben Dahan (58) – Rabbi, former director of rabbinical courts. Wrote various articles debating Jewish law as opposed to civil law.

    Ayelet Shaked (36) – Rightist activist. Chairwoman and founding member, together with Bennett, of the My Israel movement. Former bureau manager for Benjamin Netanyahu, while he was the opposition leader.


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    Zevulun Calfa (50) – Secretary of the Shomria kibbutz, Bnei Shimon plenum and council member, community director in the Dvir kibbutz and secretariat member of the Amana Settlement movement.

    Avi Wortzman (42) – Beersheba deputy mayor in charge of welfare and community. Founder of the largest Garin Torani in Israel, Beit Moriya. Former Mibereshit movement chairman.

    Moti Yogev (56) – Served as platoon and division commander in the Paratroopers Brigade and special units. Commander of the Magelan unit. Former secretary general of the Bnei Akiva youth movement.

    Orit Strook (52) – Mother of 11. Chairwoman of the Yesha Human Rights Organization, former head of the Lobby of the Eretz-Israel Front in the Knesset.

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    Yoni Chetboun (33) – Major (res.) Awarded the Chief of Staff citation for his actions during the Second Lebanon War. Head and Founder the Raananim religious Zionist youth movement.


    Tzipi Livni (54) – Former Foreign and Justice Minister, in addition to other governmental roles. Former Kadima chairwoman. After losing the party chairmanship to Shaul Mofaz she resigned from the Knesset.

    Amram Mitzna (67) – Major General (res.). Haifa mayor for nearly 10 years. Labor chairman during 2003 elections, MK for the 16th Knesset. Former Mayor of Yeruham.

    Elazar Stern (56) – Major General (res.). Former head of the IDF Personnel Directorate and chief education officer.

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    David Zur (53) – Served for 28 years in the police. Was the Border Guard chief and the Tel Aviv District Police chief.


    Michal Rozin (43) – Former CEO of The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, led a coalition of nine organizations which worked with the Knesset and government to fight sexual violence and for sexual assault victims’ rights.

    Esawi Freige (49) – Member of the Peace Now secretariat, founder of a forum dedicated to encouraging Jewish-Arab business ventures.

    Tamar Zandberg (36) – Tel Aviv-Yafo councilwoman, chairwoman of the women promotion committee, deputy chairwoman of the affordable housing committee and member of the finance and municipal administration committees.

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    United Torah Judaism

    Meir Porush (57) – Jerusalem councilman for nearly 13 years and member of the zoning committee. MK between 1996 and 2011.

    Asher Yaakov (47) – Mayor of Bnei Brak. Degel HaTorah representative.

    United Arab List-Taal

    Taleb Abu-Arar – Former head of Aruar Council in the Negev.


    Basal Getas (56) – Former head of the Rameh Council in the Western Galilee and a founding member of Balad. Former head of the Galilee Society.


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  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:56 am | 4 Comments »

    4 Comments to Meet next Knesset’s 53 new MKs

    1. Samuel Fistel says:

      “Israeli” arabs in the “jewish and democratic” Knesset:

      You never hear much about Israeli arabs in the Knesset. That is because they are anti-Zionist muslim Jew-haters, and the “jewish and democratic” Israeli government is afraid to talk about them, knowing that these inconvenient truths will immediately be labeled as “racist hate speech”.

      Israeli arabs make up 20% of Israel’s population, but because “humanistic” Israeli Jews subsidize the arabs having unlimited kids and not working, 25% of Israeli kids are now arabs.

      The figures are not quite so bad, since 10% of the Israeli “arabs” are christian (and thus, like Jews, are not actually arabs), 10% are Druze (probably descended from converted Jews and/or Samaritans), and 10% are beduin (with separate interests from the settled muslim arabs).

      The settled sunni muslim arabs chose to stay in place in Israel when Israel was established in 1948. The Jews rewarded them by granting them full citizenship and full welfare rights. The original atheistic “Jewish” Israeli government at that time thought that the muslims would all become fellow atheists when they saw how “wonderful” the atheist Jews were.

      Naturally, these “Israeli arabs” consider themselves to be “palestinians” living in muslim lands wrongfully occupied by the hated Jews. To keep from rioting, they demand that the Jews pay them unlimited welfare to support unlimited kids, turn a blind eye to polygamy, arranged marriages, and first-cousin marriages; allow unlicensed building, allow unlimited mosques with blaring loudspeakers, and make arabic an official language of “jewish” Israel. It is “understood” that any Jew caught walking in a purely Israeli arab neighborhood can be attacked as an “enemy”.

      The Israeli arabs hold 10% of the seats in the Knesset. The Jews have never allowed the arab parties to be a formal part of any ruling coalition, no matter how left-wing. Instead, the Jews, both left and right wing, use the arab votes to cause trouble. The arabs generally support the “jewish” leftists, and routinely vote no confidence in any right wing government. The Oslo accords passed only because of the complete support of the Israeli arab Knesset members.

      Look at this: Atheist “jewish” Israelis call observant chareidi Jews “parasites”. They oppose giving them welfare, resent their choosing to have lots of Jewish, Torah-true kids, and loudly demand they all serve in the anti-religious army.

      But of course, they are deadly silent when it comes to the arabs receiving unlimited welfare. They will never demand the arabs serve in the army, since they know full well that the arabs, sooner or later, will turn their guns on the Jews.

      In the recent election, the arab parties at first received twelve Knesset seats, and the media proclaimed that the Knesset was deadlocked at 60-60. Naturally, they failed to mention that one 60 was composed of all Jewish rightists, while the other 60 consisted of 48 “jewish” leftists and 12 Jew-hating arabs.

      But two days later, the 200,000 votes of the Israeli soldiers were counted. Since religious nationalist Jews are over-represented in the army, while there are few arabs, much of this vote went to the Religious Nationalist Party (Bayit haYehudi), giving them another seat in the Knesset at the expense of the arab parties. So the final Knesset is now 61 rightist Jews, 48 “jewish” leftists, and 11 arabs.

    2. C.R. says:

      A rogues gallery…

    3. vivarto says:

      @ Samuel Fistel:
      It really is scary.
      But it is not helpful for Samuel Fistel to vent against “atheist Jews” and support yet another division in our little nation.
      There really should not be any Israeli Arabs citizens. Arabs can be guests in Jewish state, they should have civil rights but not political rights, e.g. should not vote.

      In all normal countries when someone is a citizen he/she consider himself part of the nation. Thus French citizen is a Frenchman even if his mother was Jewish Greek and father Hungarian, as the case was with Sarkozy. Likewise with Arabs in Israel, the Arabs who really want to be part of Israel, must become Jewish. No Muslim should be allowed to be a citizen as long as they believe in Muhammad who said that all Jews must be killed.

      At the same time being Jewish must be redefined. The current criteria for becoming Jewish are idiotic as only the most extreme orthodox Jews would qualify. We should make requirements for naturalization correspond to the actual standards by which most Jews consider themselves Jewish. Loyalty to Jewish state, and Jewish people.

    4. the phoenix says:

      and meanwhile the musloid bastard finally picks up the phone…

      i hope he was told to wait online, till bb finished his bathroom business…

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