Elections Bring Record Number of Women and Religious Knesset Members

January 23, 2013 10:52 am 1 comment

Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Yoel Meltzer.

26 women and 38 religious Knesset members will serve the 19th Knesset— record numbers for both groups. The 18th Knesset had 22 women and 28 religious Knesset members. In addition 13 members of the new Knesset are Arab and Druze. Military men are trending downward as the 19th Knesset will feature only four MKs  who retired with the rank of Colonel or higher – two of them former chiefs of staff. Also selected were former senior Shin Bet officials: Jacob Perry (Yesh Atid) and Israel Hasson (Kadima) and former senior members of the police force : Micki Levy (Yesh Atid), David Zur (Hatnuah), Isaac Aharonovitch (Likud – Beiteinu) and Moshe Mizrahi (Labor).

Among the 53 new MKs here are just a few of the new faces:

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

Yael German (65) – Mayor of Herzliya between 1988-2013 – Yesh Atid.

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

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

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

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

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

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 – Labor.

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 – Labor.

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 – Jewish Home.

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 – Jewish Home.

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

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 – Meretz.

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

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 – Balad.

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  • “Also selected were former senior Shin Bet officials: Jacob Perry (Yesh Atid) and Israel Hasson (Kadima) and former senior members of the police force : Micki Levy (Yesh Atid), David Zur (Hatnuah), Isaac Aharonovitch (Likud – Beiteinu) and Moshe Mizrahi (Labor).”
    The Israeli security heirarchy encompasses a wide range of political and social opinion…all necessary to get a true picture.
    The same can be said of the Israeli military and police heirarchies.
    Here in America where the Left declines service in these organizations -considering them organs of oppression or suppression the growing trend is toward a lopsided right of center view of society to prevail.In past times when service was considered a matter of universal pride all segments served and the opinions about society and societies at the highest levels of these organizations was balanced

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