Avi Gabbay was elected the 12th Chairman of Israel’s Labor Party, the second largest party in the Israeli parliament (Knesset), in July 2017. Prior to that, Gabbay served as Minister of Environmental Protection for one year, resigning in May 2016 due to fundamental ideological differences with the government. Gabbay joined politics after a long career at Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecoms company, culminating in his position as CEO from 2007-2013. During his term as CEO, Bezeq became one of the most profitable global communications companies, despite a dramatic transition into a competitive market environment. Gabbay resigned from Bezeq and business activities in 2013, and shifted his focus to public service. He became the Acting Chairman of the Board of Appleseeds Academy, a non-profit organization that brings technology to underserved communities in Israel and later joined the Israeli Labor Party. Gabbay holds a B.A. in Economics, and an MBA, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a native Jerusalemite and the son of Moroccan immigrants.The seventh of eight children, Gabbay was the first person in his family to be born in Israel. Today he is married to Ayelet, an immigrant from
Austrlia, with whom he has three children.
Formerly Chairperson of the Israel Students’ Union and member of the General Assembly of the European Students’ Union. Among the leaders of the Tent Protest in the summer of 2011, among the leaders of the struggle for Equality in Sharing the Burden, leads the Students’ Union project in Lod.
Holds a B.Ed. degree in Special Education from Oranim College and is in the midst of his Masters’ studies in Public Policy, in the program for exceptional students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In line with his outlook on life that young people too must act and be part of the change that they wish to see in Israeli society, he lived in Lod and led the broad program to strengthen the city.
Serves as a member of the Knesset Finance Committee and also of the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee. In addition, serves as the Chairperson of many lobbies in the Knesset. Among the most prominent of them: Chairperson of the Pensioners’ Lobby, Chairperson of the Lone Soldiers’ Lobby, Chairperson of the Lobby against the “Price Tag” activities and the Lahava organization, and Chairperson of the Animal Rights Lobby in the Knesset.
Led and leads many social struggles in the Knesset, among them the struggle for the integration of persons with disabilities in the occupational market, the struggle against the Water Corporations, against their cutting off the water supply for low-income families, the struggle for regularization of the Collective Nursing Insurance for pensioners, and the struggle for regularization of the standing and rights of contractual workers. All these and more gave him the title of “The Most Socially Active Member of the Knesset” for four year in a row, from the Social Guard Organization, and also the prize as the Outstanding Parliamentarian from the Israel Democracy Institute.
Member of Parliament Stav Shaffir is the youngest female parliament member in Israel’s history. Now in her second term in Parliament, she chairs the Transparency Committee, as well as the Social Justice Caucus. In 2017, she founded the OECD’s Forum on Integrity and Transparency and chaired its first meeting.
Shaffir led a reform for budgetary transparency and strategy, exposed the government’s secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer money. Shaffir is formally a journalist and peace activist, who became one of the leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets in the summer of 2011, and became Israel’s biggest-ever protest – focusing on housing, social services, equality and democracy. Following the protest and in an effort to continue the change from within, Shaffir entered politics. Before the 2011 protest movement began, Shaffir worked as an editor for Yedioth Aharonoth’s website and studied for her master’s degree in the Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas Department at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA in Journalism and Sociology from City University London, where she was the recipient of the Olive Tree Program scholarship, a unique initiative for young leaders from the Middle East.
Leader of the social-economic struggle for a just society in Israel. Has had 46 of her laws for the betterment of the public enacted. Former head of the opposition. In the past was a prominent journalist and writer.
Shelly Yachimovich (born March 28, 1960). Member of the Knesset from the Labor Party. Before entering politics, she was a journalist, a radio and television personality and a writer. Served in the IDF as a Women’s Corp NCO on the Hatzerim Air Force base, as a Adjutancy Officer at the Etzion Base and as the Service Conditions Officer of the Lavie Project. She is a graduate of the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology) Department at Ben Gurion University. Daughter of a construction-worker father and a mother who was a teacher – Hannah and Moshe – both of whom were Holocaust survivors from Poland. Mother of Gal (22) and Rama (17), lives in the Kerem HaTeimanim neighborhood in Tel Aviv.
Journalist: Shelly was for many years a journalist and media presenter for “Al HaMishmar”, “Reshet B”, IDF Radio and the Channel 2 Television News Company. In these positions she often dealt with social and economic issues from a social-democratic point of view and on subjects connected with Women’s rights. On November 29, 2005, she announced that she was leaving journalism and entering politics, and that she would be a candidate for a place on the Labor Party’s list for the 17th Knesset. Was chosen for the 9th place on the list and after the election, became a Member of the Knesset. She was an outstanding member of the Knesset Finance Committee and the State Control Committee. Until 2008, was the head of the Special Committee for the Rights of the Child. In the Labor Party primary elections in December 2008, was chosen for fifth place in the party’s list for the 18th Knesset. In this Knesset served as the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee and was a member of the Finance Committee and the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.
Is considered to be an outstanding member of the Knesset. She leads dozens of important struggles and has had 46 of her laws enacted, which are meant to protect the weak and the middle classes, close gaps in society and restrict the power of Capital. Among the struggles she has lead: the struggle to increase the gas royalties, the struggle to rein in the salaries of senior officials, the struggle to stop the privatization of State Lands, the struggle to prevent the privatization of the prisons, the struggle to cancel the Wisconsin Program, the struggle to reduce employment of contractual workers, the struggle against the tax exemption for “non-taxable income of international companies”, the struggle against privatization of the Hostels for Wards of the State, the struggle against the privatization of the Mental Health System, and others.
Among her laws that were enacted are: the Law for the Right to Work Sitting-Down (the “Cashiers’ Law”), the Law for the Protection of Whistle-Blowers, the Law for the Protection of Salaries, the National Health Insurance Law for Those who were Absent from the Country and have Returned, the Lobbyists’ Law, the Law to Lengthen Maternity Leave, the Law on Public Transportation Information, the Security Services Textile Law, the Flag Law and many other laws.
Chairperson of the Labor Party from September 21, 2011 to December 21, 2013.
MK Amir Peretz was born in Morocco, immigrated to Israel at the age of 4 and was educated in Sderot. Served as an officer in the IDF Paratroop Brigade. Was seriously injured during service in Sinai and was released from the IDF with the rank of Captain.
After his release, set up a farm together with his wife Ahlama on Moshav Nir Akiva. The couple has four children.
In 1984, was elected as the mayor of the City of Sderot and was one of the first development town mayors belonging to the Israeli Left.
Already In 1984, as opposed to the trend in Israel at that time, openly supported the establishment of a Palestinian state. Initiated and led an educational program in Sderot for promoting co-existence between Jews and Arabs.
In 1988 was elected to the Knesset, where he has served in various parliamentary positions. Over the years, has been a member of nearly all the Knesset committees, served as the Chairperson of the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, where he promoted revolutionary social laws, of which the most outstanding were: the National Health Law, the Law for raising the Minimum Wage, Protection for Workers employed by Manpower Companies, the Ringworm Victims Compensation Law., and more.
MK Peretz is considered to be the one who brought social issues to the forefront of the public agenda and caused all the Israeli political parties to make them part of their platforms.
In 1995 became the Chairperson of the Israel General Federation of Labor – Histadrut, in the stormy period of social struggles, which brought about many achievements for both the working public and also for the weaker populations.
In 2006 was elected Chairperson of the Labor Party, which he led to achieving 19 seats in the Knesset elections, despite a difficult campaign against Arik Sharon and the Kadima Party.
Peretz led the Labor party into a combined coalition with Kadima, headed by Ehud Olmert. Together they established a government based on the principles of striving for social justice and peace. Served in this government as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
As Minister of Defense, led the reorganization of the IDF after the Second Lebanon War. He put into place a program of training that returned the IDF to a fit status, a program for rehabilitation of the Emergency Warehouses and together with the Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh, established the National Emergency Authority (RAH”EL). At the same time, MK Peretz insisted upon and brought about the development and equipping of the IDF with the “Iron Dome” System. At that time, this decision was opposed by the Defense Establishment. In time, this became an important part of the Home Front’s defensive system, and a proud Israeli achievement in the eyes of the world.
Peretz continues to support the Peace Process, and the promotion of a solution with the Palestinian people, based on the concept of Two States for Two People.
In addition, he continues to promote many social issues as part of his integrated outlook that there can be no social justice without peace, and no peace without social justice. In his opinion, peace must come from within society, as a “popular” item and not something that belongs to the elite.
On December 6, 2012, on the background of differences of opinion with MK Shelly Yach , Amir Peretz announced that he was joining “The Tnua” (Movement) headed by Zippy Livne.
In the 19th Knesset, Peretz served as the Minister of the Environment.
In the 20th Knesset, Peretz serves as an MK from the Zionist Camp, Chairperson of the Subcommittee for the Readiness of the Home Front of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and a member of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality.
Formerly a senior journalist and lecturer at universities and colleges on Communications and Gender. Founder of the “Ezrat Nashim” (Women’s Aid) group that acts to support the Aid Centers for Victims of Sexual Assault. A member of the Executive Committee of “Israel Initiates – the Israel Peace Initiative”.
Merav Michaeli – formerly a journalist and interviewer for the HaAretz newspaper, media personality and social activist and veteran feminist. She began her professional activities at IDF Radio (“Galei Zahal”), where for ten years she presented news and entertainment programs. After that, she founded the “GalGalatz” station and was a partner in the establishment of “Radio Tel Aviv”. At both stations she presented and produced a number of programs.
At “Radio Tel Aviv” served as the programing manager and thereafter presented the morning program at “Radio 103”. On television, she began as the presenter of “Mabat Sport” for Channel 1 and “20/20 Vision” (“Ro’im 6/6”) on Educational Television. In 1993, with the establishment of Channel 2, was a partner in the beginnings of Keshet Broadcasting, where she produced and presented “Friday Live”. Later on, presented a variety of interview, news and entertainment programs on various channels.
In 1997 established the “Women’s Aid” group, where she serves as the Acting Chairperson of the Aid Centers for Victims of Sexual Assault. Since then, she has been involved in a variety of social and feminist activities and organizations. Member of the of Board of Directors of “Israel Initiates” which promotes the Israeli-Arab Peace Initiative.
Single, lives in Tel Aviv with her partner, a dog and two cats.
Former commander of Sayeret Matkal, founder of the “After Me!” (“Aharai!”) movement.
Omar Barlev was elected to the 20th Knesset in the 4th place on the Labor Party list. This is the second Knesset that MK Barlev has served in. Barlev is a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and head of the Subcommittee for Readiness and Continuous Security, Co- Chairperson of the Agricultural Lobby and of the Lobby for Fair Pensions, the Lobby for Fair Housing, Chairperson of the Lobby for the Promotion of the Needs of the Bedouin Population and the Lobby on Matters Related to the Seam Zone.
In 1971 enlisted in the IDF and served as a combat soldier and squad leader in Sayeret Matkal. Among other things, took part in the operation to break into the Savoy Hotel, and in “Operation Jonathan”.
In 1980, graduated with a B.Ag. from the Agricultural Faculty in Rehovot, moved to Eilat and started working at an agricultural experimental station near Kibbutz Yotvata.
At the end of 1984, after years as a civilian, returned to military service as the commander of Sayeret Matkal. In the framework of his service, the unit received the Chief of Staff’s Commendation for its activities.
In the following years, studied for an MA in International Relations and wrote his Master’s Thesis, which became a book: “Security Arrangements in the Golan for the Age of Modern Warfare”, which was published a decade later in 1999.
In 1992, he was asked by the Chief of Staff, Ehud Barak, to return to active military service for the third time and served as the commander of the Bik’a Brigade and thereafter, as a member of the negotiation team with the Palestinians on the “Gaza and Jericho First Agreement” and then on the Peace Agreement with Jordan.
In 1996 Omer joined the Labor Party for the first time and joined the “Peace Generation” movement that was founded as a result of the murder of Prime Minister Rabin. In the framework of the “Peace Generation”, he founded the “After Me!” (“Aharai!”) movement, to empower youth from Israel’s social and geographical periphery and connect them to the Israeli, Zionist and Democratic experience. “Aharai!” is today one of the largest youth movements in Israel, and runs a broad variety of projects that every year bring some 4,000 young people closer to the center of the Israeli Experience.
MK Omer Barlev is married to Tami and father to Noam, May and Shachar.
Deputy Chairperson of the Tel-Aviv and Central District in the Israel Bar Association, Chairperson of the District Committee on Criminal Affairs, and member of the Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee.
Born in 1967, to Yosef Maimon and Bruria Kastel, a scion of the Kastel family, who arrived in the country after the Spanish Expulsion. As a result of the 1929 riots, they left Hebron and were one of the founding families of the city of Hadera.
Married, mother of four and lives in Ra’anana.
Swid has been a lawyer for some 23 years, a graduate of Bar Ilan University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law. She started her legal career as an intern at the Tel Aviv District Prosecutor’s office (criminal) and in 1994 founded a leading independent law office in the criminal field. Over the years, and through a number of terms, Swid served in various positions, among which were: Deputy Chairperson of the Tel-Aviv and Central District in the Israel Bar Association, Chairperson of the Committee on Criminal Affairs at the district, and member of the Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee. Swid has represented ‘pro-bono’ among others, victims of sexual assault and violence.
Swid serves as a lecturer at the Shaarei Mishpat College, at lawyers’ conferences and various public committees.
In addition, has voluntarily worked on public projects in her city of residence, as the public’s representative on examination committees for municipal positions and tenders, and was lately nominated as the Chairperson of the Property Tax Appeals Committee in the city.
On the eve of the Labor Party primary elections for the 20th Knesset, Swid reached a decision to concentrate solely on public affairs and ran for a place on the party’s list.
Has served as the General Secretary of the party since January, 2017. Joined Young Labor during the time of Yitzhak Rabin and later served as the Chairperson of National Young Labor; served as the chair of the Young Guard of the party; led a 15-day hunger strike by “Young Labor” members in protest against cuts in the welfare budgets by the then Finance Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu; served as a consultant to Defense Minister Ehud Barak (resigned this position when Barak left to join the Atzmaout Party).
Hermoni is by profession an attorney, specializing in Civil – Administrative – Public Law. Established the Action Center for cancelling the “Arrangements Law”; served voluntarily as a social lawyer, including appearances at the High Court of Justice, for the implementation of a five-year plan to reduce social discrepancies among Ethiopian immigrants; worked for the recognition of the position of the Ethiopian “Kesim” and pushed for workers’ unionization, community assistance for the weak and the fight against racism and discrimination.
Hermoni served as the Director of the Conceptual – Educational Center at the Berl Katznelson Foundation; was among the founders of the Katznelson Beeri Pre-Military Preparation Academy; established the ‘Shabbat Conversation’ newsletter that is distributed to Synagogues in the spirit of the Labor Movement; led a program for the development of young leadership and social leaders in the Israeli Left.
Is 38 years old. Was born and grew up in Givat Shmuel. Lives in Modi’in. Married to Tadela and the father of Elinor.
Military Service: served as a combat soldier and commander in the Combat Engineering Corps.
Was born in 1958 in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel at the age of 18. Married and father of four children. Resident of Kibbutz Be’eri. Served as the head of the Eshkol Regional Council from 2007 until the end of March, 2015. Holds a degree in Economics and Management from the Sapir College. His background is as a member of the agricultural settlement movement. Yellin came to Israel at the age of 18 as a member of the “Etgar” group, served in the IDF as a lone-soldier, as an instructor in a tank-commanders’ course. In November, 2007 was elected as the head of the Eshkol Regional Council and in 2012 was elected for a second term with a majority of 91%. As the head of the Eshkol council, took significant steps to strengthen the residents and the economy despite the security situation and the difficulties in preserving normal civilian life. Set up three settlements along the Egyptian border, initiated and promoted the largest civilian reinforcement project in Israel, brought about an increase in the number of residents and acted to empower the educational system in the council and its quality. Brought about the union of all the youth-movements in the council, so that today all the youth movements in the council sit together and act together for a common purpose. During his term of office, the IDF fought in the Cast Lead, Defensive Shield and Protective Edge operations, during which Yellin had to deal with the constant firing of rockets and mortars at the settlements in the regional council. During the Protective Edge operation, Hamas’s combat tunnel infrastructure was uncovered, which threatens the Gaza Envelope settlements as part of Hamas’s fight against Israel. Yellin became one of the symbols of the Protective Edge operation, when he represented with determination the residents of the Gaza Envelope vis-à-vis the government leadership, and served for many years as the unofficial spokesman of the Gaza Envelope’s residents, presented the residents’ difficulties under the rocket and mortar attacks and was greatly appreciated for his leadership by the residents, even in difficult times. In January 2015 was part of a private Israeli delegation that flew to United Nations committee’s offices in Geneva, in order to represent first-hand the Israeli side in this operation, and to make heard as far as possible the voices of the people living under continuous terror to the Schabas committee of inquiry that examined the Protective Edge operation. In 2014, the Ministry of Welfare decided to present the “Volunteering Community” medal to Yellin, as the representative of the Gaza Envelope settlements, for community strength during the Protective Edge operation.
|“My name is Yaya (Yair) Fink, I am a Social Democrat, believe in the values of the Labor Movement and think that they are more relevant now than ever before.”
Social justice, closing gaps, the struggle for the general public that does not have great wealth, a desire for peace and the sanctity of life – these are the basics for the corrections that the county is in such great need of.
The Right has forgotten what it means to be a Jew.
You read that correctly. In contrast to what we are told, the Right is the side that has forgotten what it means to be a Jew, and really not the Left. Judaism is a peace-loving religion, tolerant towards converts and sanctifies equality and social justice.
I will bring to the Knesset a new spirit and will focus on the struggle against the manifestations of racism, violence, the exclusion of certain populations, hate crimes, and for an egalitarian and inclusive Judaism, that puts in the forefront the Jewish values of “Love thy Brother as thyself” and “Its paths are pleasant ways and all its paths are peaceful”.
It is possible to be a religious Jew who fights for equal rights for the LGTB community and for civil marriage.
It is possible to be a combat officer in the IDF and because of this, to fight for peace and for ensuring the Zionist vision.
It is possible to wear a Kipa and to support public transportation on the Sabbath.
It is possible to grow an inclusive, honorable, democratic, Jewish and egalitarian society in Israel, one that acts according to the commandment “Love thy Brother as Thyself” alongside our neighbors from other religions, here in Israel.
His Curriculum Vitae:
Formerly Chairperson of the Young Guard of the Labor Party, Member of Knesset from the Labor Party in 19th Knesset and Chairperson of the Lobby for a Fair Pension and the Youth Movements Lobby. Member of the Finance Committee and the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.
Has dealt for many years with informal education at the “HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed” Youth Movement, as a counsellor and coordinator of the movement’s activities in the Negev. During the years 2007-2010, served as the parliamentary assistant to MK Shelly Yachimovich. In 2010, Michal was chosen to be the head of the Young Guard of the Labor Party. In June 2012, was chosen for a second term as the Chairperson of the Young Guard, until 2014.
In November 2012, Michal was nominated to the 13th place on the Labor Party list for the Knesset. Holds a Master’s Degree Cum Laude, and is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. Her specialty is Pension Policy.
|I was born in 1958 in Ramot Menashe, the kibbutz where I grew up, was educated and where I live till this day.
Public service has always been a part of me, it is a mission, I believe in a bridge between people and between groups.
During my adult life, I worked in management positions in the Army, in the public sphere, in education and in culture.
I served as a battalion commander in the reserves for many years, during the Intifada period and my battalion – especially its soldiers, were a warm home for me and source of pride.
I led the union between the Kibbutz HaArtzi and the Tak’am to establish the Kibbutz Movement, after I was elected the General Secretary of the Kibbutz HaArtzi in 2000. After that, I was elected for a second term – this time as the General Secretary of the Kibbutz Movement. These were dramatic years of change from crisis to growth, while redefining the role of the Kibbutz Movement vis-à-vis the Governmental Institutions and the Kibbutzim themselves.
During the years 1990 to 1994 I served as the General Secretary of Shalom Achshav, the years when Rabin was head of the Labor Party and then Prime Minister. These were the years of Oslo and Peace with Jordan. Years of hope, flourishing and prosperity, with the honest hope that we had found the road to peace.
I was the Kibbutz Movement’s representative in North America for four years, and also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Agency. To this day, I am in close contact with the Jewish Diaspora around the world and watch with fear the growing and deepening rupture between them and the State of Israel.
I was a member of the leadership of the Shomer HaTzair in Israel and also Chairman of the World Shomer HaTzair for four years.
In the past, I served as chairman of the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv, and accompanied its growth and its existence as the basis for progressive culture.
I have been the chairman of Oranim College for the past few years, the third largest teacher-training college in Israel. In addition, I serve as the chairman of the Rabin pre-military preparatory academy.
In addition, today I am:
My decision to enter the political arena is the result of my difficulty in coming to terms with the reality in which we live. A reality of corruption and the erosion of democracy. A reality where the politics of identities promotes alienation instead of cooperation, agreements and successes. I believe in my ability to create cooperative action by groups of people, in order to promote ideas that are good for Israeli society and the state – together and not out of conflict.
The main values for which I am asking for your votes:
B. The struggle against corruption – corruption in Israel is a disease that weakens the country, its democracy and its institutions. We must not allow corruption to spread. We must stop it and stand in its way, while standing on the principles of integrity and values.
C. Social Justice – I believe in giving true equal opportunities to all, in order to reach a just and thriving society. From our differences, we will relate to each other as equals and create social justice without any differences of religion, race, gender or nationality. The state must invest in education, welfare, health in the peripheral regions and Israel in general. It is in our interests to create a quality of life and welfare in all parts of the country.
D. Peace and Security – I worked with Yitzhak Rabin in the 90s, and thereafter also with Ariel Sharon. Two great statesmen who did not give up for a minute on security. The connection between us worked, since peace and security go hand in hand. I did not give up on my dream, and we must not allow the despair of the Right-wing governments to weaken our spirit. Only hope will raise an alternative to the Netanyahu government.
E. Agriculture – The government of Israel with its policies over the past years has seriously harmed agricultural settlements in general and the farmers specifically. We must fight to stop this. Agriculture and settlements are essential to the State of Israel and I intend to fight with all my strength in order to stop the continuing harm. Together with this, I believe that the representative of the labor settlements in the Knesset is far more than just a lobbyist for agriculture.
The kibbutzim are part of Israeli society, which is fighting for democracy and we must create broad coalitions in this fight. Alongside of preserving agriculture and the settlements, we must take responsibility for society in general. Without leading a social change, we will continue to fight a rear-guard action for our place in society. We can achieve results only by forming coalitions that cross sections of society creatively, by connecting people and human beings. From the experience that I have amassed over years of public service, I believe that I can do this by harnessing the various system with broad-based cooperation.
I am entering political life after 30 years of public service that included political experience, as well as managerial and public experience. I believe that if you give me the opportunity, I will be harness this experience for the success of the Labor Party – our success.
Member of the Knesset since 1996, Chairperson of the Labor Faction in the 19th Knesset, Secretary General of the Labor Party, the Minister in charge of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Chairperson of the Subcommittee for Readiness of the IDF.
Born on August 23, 1959, in Rosh HaAyin, to parents that immigrated from Yemen a decade earlier. Studied at the Midrashiat Noam High School in Pardes Hannah – 29th graduating class and also studied for a BA at the Hebrew University. Before being elected as an MK, he worked in the Knesset as an advisor and assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, personal assistant to the Chair of the Labor Party and professional and personal advisor to the Minister of Housing and Construction.
In 1996 began to serve as a Member of the Knesset, after the resignation of David Libai.
Cabel was also elected to the 16th Knesset, serving for a short time as Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and also to the 17th Knesset.
On June 16, 2005, Cabel was elected by the members of the Labor Party as Secretary General of the party. On May 4, 2006, with the establishment of the 31st Government, was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio, responsible for the Israel Broadcasting Authority. On May 1, 2007, the day after the Vinograd Committee’s interim report was submitted, Cabel announced his resignation from the government.
One of the most active members in the Knesset lobbies. In the 16th Knesset was a member of 10 lobbies (from among 44 registered lobbies). In five of the lobbies he was the only member: the Lobby for the Security Guards, the Lobby for Freed Sons – those leaving the Ultra-Orthodox Life, the Lobby for Residents of Tel Aviv, the Lobby for those voluntarily leaving settlements and the Lobby for promotion of Soccer. In two of the lobbies he was also the Chairperson. The other lobbies he was a member of in the 16th Knesset were: the Lobby for Soldiers in Compulsory Service, the Lobby for the Security Separation Fence, the Lobby for the Environment, the Municipal Lobby, the Lobby for Reserve Soldiers, which he headed.
In the 17th Knesset Cabel continued to promote many laws dealing with the environment, consumerism and more. Among others, he was a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and of the House Committee.
Cabel continues to serve in the IDF reserves as a platoon sergeant in the Paratroop Reserve Brigade, even after having been elected to the Knesset. He makes a point of visiting reserve soldiers around the country and is the Chairperson of the Lobby for Reserve Soldiers.
Cabel was one of the heads of the struggle against Channel 7 and against the dissemination of the conspiracy theories concerning the murder of Itzhak Rabin. MK Cabel initiated the amendment to the State President’s Law, which says that a murderer of a Prime Minister on ideological grounds cannot receive a pardon for his crimes.
Married, father of four daughters, lives in Rosh HaAyin.
MK Yael Cohen Paran (born on October 12, 1973) is a politician and Israeli environmental activist from the Zionist Union faction and is the representative of the environmental movement in the Knesset.
Yael grew up in Ramat Gan and studied at the Blich High School. In her army service, was an officer in the 8200 intelligence unit and was released with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Studied physics at the Hebrew University in the framework of the Amirim program for excellent students, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.
She began her environmental activities in the 90s of the 20th century as student activist and member of the “Green Trend” movement, and served as the movement’s CEO between 2002 and 2006.
In 2007, established the “Israeli Energy Forum”, in order to promote sustainable energy in Israel. As the CEO of the organization, took an active part in several social struggles against the export of Israeli Gas, for the liquidation of the Gas Monopoly and for renewable energy, and in addition represented Israel at international UN conferences on the subject of sustainable development and the climate crisis (the Copenhagen Conference in 2009, the Bali Conference in 2007 and Johannesburg 2002).
Yael is founding member of the “Green Movement” party, served as an elected member of the leadership and served as co-chairperson of the party. In 2013, was chosen by “The Marker” newspaper as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Israel”.
In 2015, in preparation for the elections to the 20th Knesset, joined the Zionist Union as a candidate for the Knesset and on November 25, 2015, started her term as a Member of the Knesset.
Yael is a member of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and in addition, is the head of the Subcommittee for Advancing Technologies for Renewable Energy.
Yael is married to David Perlman-Paran, and the mother of three daughters: Ori, Maayan and Shaked, and live in Pardes Hannah.
Saleh Saad serves as a member of the 20th Knesset on behalf of the Zionist Union parliamentary group. He was born in the Druze village of Beit Jann, where he resides to this day. Saad serves as chairman of the Druze Zionist Council in Beit Jann.
Saad held various positions within Israel’s security forces over a 12-year period. He is a certified financial consultant specializing in provident funds and advanced study funds, and has passed a securities and financial instruments course, as well as a senior directors’ course.
Saad has been a social activist within the Labor Party since the 1980s, with his main activity focusing on the struggle for equality and social justice. He is the representative of the Druze community in the party, and over the years has worked for the benefit of workers in Israel.
In the 1990s, Saad served as Histadrut national labor union local chair for the Galilee region, where more than 22 communities are located, including the local councils of the Druze sector. Saad’s activities have focused on the wellbeing of Israel’s workers and protecting their conditions of employment.
In the early 2000s, Saad was appointed head of the Division of Local Council Workers in the Histadrut, responsible for more than 30,000 workers from all sectors in more than 140 councils and municipalities. In this capacity, Saad led various struggles for the benefit of Histadrut members, particularly those who belong to minority groups.
As part of his work for the benefit of Israeli society, Saad has brokered agreements between workers and the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Interior and local government. Saad fulfilled his duties successfully, and at the same time he was also engaged in various social activities, with an emphasis on assisting the Druze sector.
In his work over the years, Saad has placed a strong emphasis on the issue of equality between the various sectors and equality between the center and the periphery. As part of his work, Saad introduced the idea of holding an annual meeting during the holidays of representatives of all the sectors, and having families host lone soldiers during Israel’s holidays
Leah Fadida ben Shitrit was born on September 6, 1968. She is a member of the Knesset from the Labor Party, in the “Zionist Union” faction.
Previously, she was a senior official at Keren Kayemet L’Israel (the Jewish National Fund) and served as the deputy to the Mayor of Yokneam Ilit. Was nominated as a Member of the 20th Knesset on October 6, 2017, as the result of the resignation of Erel Margalit.
|Journalist, dealt with communications consulting, former columnist and writer.
Winner of the Ministry of Culture’s prize in the category of First Books, for her book “Blue Marks”.
Muati is studying teaching at the Open University and has a BA in Social Sciences and Humanities.
Member of the Management of the “Women’s Power” NGO, that deals with promotion of women to positions of responsibility. The organization has established leadership centers all around the country, Emily taught Communications and Politics at some of them and took part in their delegation to the UN as part of the International Month of Women. The NGO serves as a consulting organization to the UN on everything concerning the representation of women in Israel.
Emily is a member and support of the “Israel Initiates” group, which promotes innovation initiatives for diplomatic progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Regional Initiative.
Is married for the second time, mother of Anna and Adele.
Muati holds a Social-Democratic, Leftist, Zionist ideological position, is against the idea of a bi-national country and the concept of a country of all its citizens, and supports the idea of Two Countries for Two People.
In May 2018, her first book, “Blue Marks” was published by Tchelet Publishers, for which she received the Ministry of Culture’s prize. The film rights to the book have been sold and it is due to appear as a movie.
One of the subjects she concentrates on is returning pride to her political home, in light of the delegitimization on the part of the Rightist government, through compromising the standing of the courts, the media and social organizations.
|Henrique Cymerman, a native of Porto, Portugal, was born March 23, 1959.
Broadcasts and lectures in five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, English and Hebrew.
Has a Master’s degree in Labor Studies and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Tel Aviv University.
Volunteer lecturer at the SOS Children’s Villages NGO, which gives a warm home to children in distress. Volunteer lecturer at Birthright, the IDF and Military Intelligence, giving lectures to the Military Intelligence Branch of the IDF and pre-military preparatory academies, the IDF spokesperson and the Israel Foreign Ministry.
Constant lecturer for Jewish international organizations, during his voyages around the world to Jewish communities in the world.