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“My late mother would always tell me: what is good for the State of Israel is what you should do. This wasn’t advice – this was an order.”
MK Dr Yifat Shasha-Biton
“The concern for our children’s education, protecting their rights and ensuring their safety and security from birth is the foundation for creating a healthier and more modern society, in the present and in the future.”
MK Tali Ploskov
“Our senior citizens are an asset, not a burden. In order to maintain a just society in the State of Israel, we must first and foremost take care of our parents and our grandparents who built this land, and who are the reason we are here today.”
MK Roy Folkman
“Statehood, narrowing gaps, equal opportunity and integrity are the cornerstones of a just and moral society; students, young couples, small businesses and the self-employed, a fair rental and housing market at reasonable prices”
MK Rachel Azaria
“Adapting the changing reality to the challenges of life in the State of Israel, the labor market, urban planning, equal parenting and reconciliation between the different tribes in the nation.”
MK CPA Eli Cohen
“A strong economy = a strong country”
Dr. Akram Hasson
“Social, economic and educational integration between all sectors and citizens of the state is a necessary condition for maintaining a democratic and egalitarian Israel with a secure future.”
Maj. Gen. (res.) MK Yoav Galant
“Urban renewal is the future of the State of Israel. In a few years, the most neglected places will become the most attractive places.”
MK Meirav Ben-Ari
“Israeli society is a complex and diverse society, it is a melting pot of many sectors, different colors and cultures. We must work to narrow the gaps, promote social equality and assistance to disadvantaged populations, for a better and greater society. “
“Strengthening Israel’s foreign relations with the countries of the world is a necessary condition for maintaining a strong and durable economy”
Moshe Kahlon, born in 1960, is the Minister of Finance, founder and chairman of the Kulanu Party and a Member of Knesset on leave, He served as Minister of Communications and Minister of Welfare and Social Services in the Israeli government and was a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Likud party.
He holds a BA in political science from the University of Haifa and completed his law studies at Netanya Academic College. Kahlon studied at Harvard University in an advanced management program aimed at “examining managerial concepts from a capitalist perspective, a consumer market, and a global economic environment”
Educator, born and raised in Kiryat Shmona. Chairman of the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the Knesset and Chairman of the Israel-Guatemala Friendship Association.
She served as Vice President of the College and Director of the School for Continuing Education and Professional Development at the Ohalo Academic College for Teacher Training in Katzrin.
She served for seven years as a member of the City Council in Kiryat Shmona, two years as deputy mayor and five years as head of the Education and Youth portfolio.
During her tenure as head of the Education and Youth portfolio in the city, there was a 5% increase in matriculation eligibility each year and the city received a district education award.
She served as a member on the board of directors of the Tel Hai College of Technology, the Kiryat Shmona community centers and in the Kiryat Shmona Economic Company.
As a Knesset member, she promoted the National Child Safety Plan with the backing and assistance of Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.
Among other things, she led the Law on the Supervision of the Prices of Camps and Childcare, the Galilee Law, the Law for the Expansion of the Protection of Minors who are Victims of Sexual Violence, while giving testimony in court, and more.
Her father was born in Haifa and her mother was born in Morocco.
Married with three children.
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, was twice elected mayor of Arad.
Chair of the Joint Committee for the Construction of a National Master Plan on the Subject of Ageing was elected four times as one of the most socially focused Knesset members in the coalition, the leader of the struggle for tax benefits for the peripheral communities, fighting for the rights of the elderly and Holocaust survivors.
Chairperson of the Joint Committee for the Construction of a National Master Plan on the subject of Ageing, Member of the Labor Welfare and Health Committee, Member of the Committee on Immigration, Absorption and the Diaspora. Member of the Law, Constitution and Justice Committee.
Chairwoman of the Lobby for Women in Business, Chairwoman of the Lobby for the Development of the Negev, Chairperson of the Tourism Lobby – Tourism as a National Priority.
Head of Israel’s Parliamentary Friendship Group with Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova.
Initiated and led legislation that arranged for comprehensive tax benefits for about 400 communities in the periphery of Israel.
Initiated and led the “Exemption from Rent for Holocaust Survivors” Law, which significantly increased old-age pensions to Holocaust survivors who receive income support.
Initiated and led bills that increased the maternity allowance to contract workers and self-employed women.
Was elected four times as one of the most socially focused Knesset members in the coalition.
Married to Michael, mother of two and grandmother of three.
Chairman of the “Kulanu” party. Member of the Knesset Finance and Economics Committee and the Reform Committee, leading housing and rental sector initiatives along with proposals relating to small and medium businesses Lead a strategic consulting firm for third sector and government organizations, was a policy advisor to the mayor of Jerusalem, a member of the National Planning and Building Council and a director of policy and strategy in the Jerusalem Municipality. He serves in the reserves in a infantry battalion in the Southern Command. 43, He lives in the secular-religious moshav Nes-Harim.
Served as Policy Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem and Head of the Policy and Strategy Division at the Municipality.
Served as Director General of the Student Union at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
One of the founders of the “New Spirit” youth organization in Jerusale,. Served as a representative of the younger generation in the National Planning and Building Council.
He served as a member on the board of directors of a number of public companies and organizations, including Yad-Itzhak Ben-Zvi, the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, the East Jerusalem Development Company, “Prazot” Municipal Housing corporation, the Jerusalem Theater and the master plan for transportation in Jerusalem.
Member of the House Committee, Finance Committee and Economics Committee. Member of the Special Committee for the Implementation of Government Information and Principles of Transparency. Chairman of the Special Committee for Discussion of the Agenda Proposal on Difficulties in Reforming the Civil Service. Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion of Small and Medium Businesses.
Member of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the Conduct of the Financial System in Credit Arrangements for Large Business Borrowers.
He received a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an additional BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Master’s degree in Government from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and an MA in the Program of Outstanding Public Policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Graduate of the Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and the SEAL Program – Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Israel.
Chairwoman of the Reform Committee Former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and Chairwoman of the Yerushalmi faction, served in a number of political, public, and social roles, and led the issue of cost of living to families over the past seven years.
Member of the Finance and Internal Affairs Committees. One of the leaders of the social protests of summer 2011, is leading the process of subsidizing preschools and kindergartens in Jerusalem and leading the process of transforming all kindergartens in the country into state subsidized daycare centers.
Led the introduction of healthy food to the Jerusalem daycare centers and initiated a “Aruchah 10” for healthy nutrition in educational institutions.
Initiated and implemented a first-of-its-kind program to extend the school year in Jerusalem kindergartens – “the 11th month”.
During Operation Protective Edge she led the establishment of a hotline for the families of army reservists, which helped hundreds of families with meals, transportation, babysitting services, psychological assistance, and more.
One of the leaders in the struggle against the exclusion of women in the public sphere in Jerusalem.
She managed the “Mavoi Satum” organization, which assists women who have been refused a Jewish divorce (Get).
She completed her BA in Psychology with honors and MA in conflict resolution at the Hebrew University.
Graduate of the Mandel Institute for Educational Leadership.
37, married with four children, lives in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Minister of Economy and Industry. He grew up in the city of Holon, served 11 years in the Air Force and was discharged with the rank of Major, CPA in his education.
Holds a BA in Accounting from Tel Aviv University, a BA in Economics from the Open University and an MBA from Tel Aviv University with a specialization in finance and accounting. Was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the Israeli economy – two years consecutively.
He is a lecturer in the Management Faculty at Tel Aviv University, Head of Corporate Affairs at Maalot S&P and Deputy CEO of the Israel Land Development Company.
Entered the political arena in the 2015 elections, served as chairman of the Knesset’s Reform Committee and was immediately called the “reformer.” After the last cabinet shuffle in which the Ministry of Economy passed to Kulanu, he was appointed minister of Economy and Industry.
Led the mandatory pension law for the self-employed which came into force in January 2017.
He was head of the Reform Committee that approved the historic reform against consolidation in the banking sector.
Led the reform to break the monopoly of the Israeli Standards Institute and the adoption of international standards.
Passed an amendment to the Public Housing Law that increases the discount on the purchase of an apartment, an important move for 63,000 families from the lowest economic deciles.
Continues to promote a series of steps to combat the cost of living in general and in toiletries in particular.
Heads the struggle to abolish local water corporations.
45, married, with four children
Born in Daliyat al-Carmel, former Carmel City mayor. He holds a BA in Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in History. Graduate of the course for training directors in government companies, the ALCA course for management studies on behalf of the JDC, the ISO 9000 certification course, and the fitness trainer course.
He has written eight books in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Romanian and has written dozens of academic articles.
From 2009 to 2012 he served as President of the Carmel College.
From 2009 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Druze Research Institute.
Since 2005, he has been a member of the committee to examine the change in the Israeli government system.
From 2003 to 2008 he served as Chairman of the Planning and Construction Committee of “Reches Carmel” and a member of the National Planning Committee
From 2003 to 2008 he served as the first Druze mayor of Dalia / Isfiya
From 2006 to 2006 he served as a member of the Knesset Speaker’s Fund for the Needy.
From 1997 to 2003 he was a member of the Directorate of the Culture Department of the Ministry of Education.
From 2000 to 2003 he served as Director of the Carmel College.
From 1995 to 2002 he headed the local branch in Dalit El Carmel for fighting traffic accidents
From 1998 to 2002 he served as chairman of the opposition in the local council
From 1994 to 1999 he served as a member of the board of directors of the Dalit El Carmel Community Center.
From 1993 to 1998, he was a member of the Israeli sport commitee.
From 1989 to 1998, he served as Acting Chairman of the Local Council.
In 1982, he managed the Youth and Sports Division in the local council of Daliyat al-Carmel.
He completed his IDF service in the years 1978-1981.
In 2007, he was awarded the Israel Prize for Education and was the first minority mayor to receive this award. In 2008, he was awarded the honorary degree of the Zionist Council for his life’s work. In addition, he received a certificate of appreciation from the social wing of the Defense Ministry for his efforts to recruit Druze youth to the IDF.
His cousin is Brig. Gen. Hasson the president’s secretary
Married, father of five children and grandfather of six grandchildren
Minister of Construction and Housing. Born in Jaffa, Israeli hero, fighter, officer and commander, served in the IDF for 35 years in senior positions. In 2002 he was appointed military secretary of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, and was promoted to the rank of Major General.
In his last position he served as commander of the Southern Command for five years. During this period, he dealt with three main tasks: border security and counterterrorism in the Gaza Strip, the establishment of the defense system on the Israel-Egypt border, and preparing the IDF in the south for any operational scenario. As part of his job, he prepared the fighters and commanders and commanded the Operation Cast Lead.
Studied in the Harvard Executive Training Program.
He is involved in volunteer activities in various organizations, including the Impact Foundation, of which he is one of its founders, and grants scholarships to discharged soldiers who require financial assistance.
Served as chairman of the Friends of the IDF Veterans and Disabled Persons Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hashomer Hadash and a member of the Board of Directors of “Madatech”, the National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, Haifa.
Married with three children.
Member of seven Knesset committees: the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, the Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee, the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the State Control Committee, the Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs, and the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality.
Formerly a member of the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa city council on behalf of the “Rov Ha-Ir” list (a list of young people in Tel Aviv) and was responsible for the promotion of youth and children in the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
In 2005, she founded “The Challenge Road” (Netanya) and “Way of the Wave” (Herzliya) – centers for education and extreme sports for youth at risk through the Tafnit Association for Change in Education, and runs both centers ever since.
She holds a BA in Law and Government, and an MBA and Master’s degree in Public Leadership from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Graduate of the course of Directors in Municipal Government Corporations, Lahav Institute for Management Training – Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Management.
In 1993 she enlisted in the IDF and in her last position served as Education Officer of the Golani Brigade. Merav honors in the NCO course, in basic training, in the IDF officers’ training course, and the GOC Northern Command honor in commemoration of the jubilee of the State of Israel.
She served as a director of Yuval Education, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, and the Beit Lessin Theater.
She served as Chairperson of the Student Union at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya between 2003 and 2004.
Born in Morocco, laureate of the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society, head of the Committee to Fight Poverty in Israel and former chief executive officer of the Rashi Foundation.
One of the main activists for equality and social justice in Israel.
For more than four decades of public activity in Israel, he contributed to the advancement of disadvantaged neighborhoods and immigrant absorption, promoted educational and welfare institutions in the periphery, and was an active partner in strengthening the southern part of the country.
Chairman of the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.
As the CEO of the Rashi Foundation, he initiated, founded and promoted hundreds of programs in the fields of education, welfare and health to strengthen the geographic and social periphery in the State of Israel and made the Foundation a central body in Israeli philanthropy
He headed the Committee to Fight Poverty in Israel, which for the first time formulated and organized an operative plan for dealing with and reducing poverty in Israel, which was accompanied by an outline for implementing the recommendations with the government.
Chairman of the Lobby for the Encouragement of Aliyah from Ethiopia and Head of the Israel-France Parliamentary Friendship Group.
He received honorary degrees from Ben-Gurion University and the Technion.
In 2006 he was one of the torch bearers at the Independence Day ceremony in the name of the Negev region.
Married to Giselle and father of Yishai.
Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He is a Doctor of History from Princeton University and an Israeli politician. Oren is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee; the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; and the Committee for Immigration and Absorption. Immigrated to Israel in 1979. He joined the IDF as a lone soldier and served as a combatant in the Paratroopers, among others, during the First Lebanon War.
During the Gulf War he served as Israel’s liaison officer with the US Sixth Fleet. In the early 1980s, the state sent him to the Soviet Union to assist the activities of the Zionist underground. In 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, he served as a major in the reserves.
During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, he was again recruited for reserve duty and was involved in public relations with the foreign media networks.
In 2009 he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the United States serving until 2013.
He was the Abba Eban Chair for the Study of Israel’s Foreign Policy at IDC Herzliya.
In January 2014, he was appointed Middle East commentator for CNN, but during the Tzuk Eitan campaign, he chose to waive his contract with the station in order to serve as a spokesperson in all foreign media on behalf of Israel and the IDF.
Over the years he has published bestsellers, articles and essays on the history of the Middle East, and has served as a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and as a contributing editor in the New Republic.
The prestigious Washington Institute for Middle East Policy, awarded him the prestigious Scholar-Statesman Award in 2014.
He serves as Israel’s representative to the Taglit-Birthright Steering Committee, an honorary member of the board of directors of the Joint Distribution Committee and an international chairman of the “HESEG” foundation which grants scholarships to lone soldiers.
Oren is a father of three, and grandfather to three grandchildren.