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.
(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.
(55) – MK between 1988 and 2010, save for a brief period. Former minister of health, justice, environment, transportation,
security and a minister in the Prime Minister's Office. His last role
in parliament was as chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense
(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.
(53) – Rabbi. Until recently chairman of the High School Yeshivas in
Petach Tikva and of the Hakol Hinuch movement. Founder and leader of the
foundation, dedicated to religious-secular dialogue.
Shai Piron (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
Yaakov Peri (Photo: Benny Deutsch)
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.
(52) – Journalist since 1988. Former leading basketball commentator for
the Israeli Sports Channel. Host of various news and political TV
(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.
(32) – Former Israeli Judo Team captain, won two silver medals in the
European championships and represented Israel in the 2004 Athens
Yoel Razvozov (Photo: Reuven Schwarz)
(36) – Columbia University Law School doctorate. Founded the Dinei
Rechov program which rehabilitates juvenile delinquents through
education and empowerment.
(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.
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.
(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)
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Boaz Toporovsky (Photo: Kobi Koanks)
(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.
(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.
(27) – Leader of the 2011 social protest
and founder of the Hatnua Hachevratit movement to promote young leadership. Will be the youngest MK.
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.
(57) – Investigative journalist, mainly in social-economic matters.
Made the film "The Shakshuka System" which exposed the relationship
between wealth and power in Israel.
(34) – Chairman of the Young Guard of the party and a doctorate student
of political science at the Tel Aviv University, specializes in pension
(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.
Moshe Mizrachi (Photo: Yaron Brener)
(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.
(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.
Ayelet Shaked (Photo: Avigail Uzi)
Zevulun Calfa (Photo: Tzvika Tischler)
(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
(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.
Orit Strook (Photo: Gil Yochanan)
(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.
(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.
(67) – Major General (res.). Haifa mayor for nearly 10 years. Labor
chairman during 2003 elections, MK for the 16th Knesset. Former Mayor of
Elazar Stern (56) – Major General (res.). Former head of the IDF Personnel Directorate and chief education officer.
Elazar Stern (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
David Zur (53) – Served for 28 years in the police. Was the Border Guard chief and the Tel Aviv District Police chief.
(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'
Esawi Freige (49) – Member of the Peace Now secretariat, founder of a forum dedicated to encouraging Jewish-Arab business ventures.
(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.
Tamar Zandberg (Photo: Gil Lavie)
United Torah Judaism
Meir Porush (57) – Jerusalem councilman for nearly 13 years and member of the zoning committee. MK between 1996 and 2011.