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Meir Porush

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Place of birth  Jerusalem, Israel
2005–2006  Agudat Yisrael
1996–1999  United Torah Judaism
Name  Meir Porush

1999  Agudat Yisrael
Role  Israeli Politician
1999–2005  United Torah Judaism
Parents  Menachem Porush
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Date of birth  (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 60)
Knessets  Israeli general election, 1996

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Meir Porush (Hebrew: מאיר פרוש‎‎, born 11 June 1955) is an Israeli politician who has served as a member of the Knesset for the ultra-Orthodox Agudat Yisrael faction of United Torah Judaism between 1996 and 2011, and again from 2013 until 2016. He is currently the Deputy Minister of Education.



Meir Porush was born in Jerusalem. His father Rabbi Menachem Porush (1916–2010) was one of the longest-serving Knesset members. Meir was educated in a yeshiva. After leaving yeshiva, Porush served in the IDF, and supports further Haredi participation in military service. Porush lives in Jerusalem with his wife and twelve children.

Political career

Before entering the Knesset, Porush was as a member of the Jerusalem City Council for thirteen years. He also served as deputy mayor of Jerusalem.

He was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections as an Agudat Yisrael candidate on the United Torah Judaism list, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing in Binyamin Netanyahu's first government.

Porush retained his seat in the 1999 elections, and chaired the Knesset inquiry into financial problems of local councils. After Ariel Sharon won a special election for Prime Minister in 2001, Porush was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction.

He retained his seat in the 2003 elections. In 2005, he caused controversy by saying that then PM Ariel Sharon reminded him of Benito Mussolini. He was re-elected again in 2006, and ran for Mayor of Jerusalem in 2008, losing to secular politician Nir Barkat, by 50% to 42%.

Porush retained his Knesset seat in the 2009 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education in Netanyahu's second government. However, he resigned on 6 February 2011, as part of a seat rotation agreement. He was re-elected again in 2013 and 2015, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education in the Netanyahu's fourth government formed in May 2015.

In March 2016, Porush was reprimanded by the Knesset ethics committee for saying that the "Women of the Wall" should be "thrown to the dogs". Porush responded by saying that if ”Women of the Wall” refrained from eating non-kosher food, he would apologize to them.

In May 2016, he resigned from the Knesset to allow Ya'akov Asher to take his place as part of the rotation agreement between the parties in United Torah Judaism.


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