Ariel Atias

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Ariel Atias
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Date of birth (1970-11-13) 13 November 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Israel
Knessets 17, 18, 19
Party represented in Knesset
2006–2014 Shas
Ministerial roles
2006–2009 Minister of Communications
2009–2013 Minister of Housing & Construction

Ariel Atias (Hebrew: אריאל אטיאס‎, born 13 November 1970) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Shas, and as the country's Minister of Housing and Construction. He was also manager of Shas' kosher supervision organization. On June 22, 2014 he handed his resignation from the Parliament, citing his departure from the political scene [1].

Biography[edit]

Born in Tel Aviv, Atias was first elected to the Knesset on Shas' list in the 2006 elections. In May 2006 he was promoted to the position of Minister of Communications in the last government. In 2007 he tried to get a law passed that would censor violence, sex, and gambling on the internet.[1]

He retained his seat in the 2009 elections, having been placed second on the Shas list, and was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction in the Netanyahu government.[2] On 2 July 2009, it was reported that Atias had called for the segregation of Israel's Arab population from Jewish Israelis, saying that achieving it was "a national duty... populations that should not mix are spreading... I don't think that it is appropriate [for them] to live together".[3]

Atias retained his seat again in the 2013 Knesset elections, but Shas was not included in the coalition, resulting in Atias losing his ministerial post. He resigned from the Knesset in June 2014 in order to take a break from politics, and was replaced by Yoav Ben-Tzur.

He is the father of four and currently resides in Jerusalem.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big Brother in Israel? Ynetnews, 21 July 2007
  2. ^ Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister Haaretz, 1 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped". Ha'aretz. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Ariel Atias Knesset website

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