Avishay Braverman

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Avishay Braverman
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Date of birth (1948-01-15) 15 January 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Israel
Knessets 17, 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2006– Labor Party
Ministerial roles
2009–2011 Minister of Minorities

Avishay Braverman (Hebrew: אבישי ברוורמן‎, born 15 January 1948) is an Israeli economist and politician. A former president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, he is currently a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party and the head of the Economic Affairs Committee. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as Minister of Minority Affairs.

Biography[edit]

Braverman studied statistics and economics at Tel Aviv University and received his PhD in economics from Stanford university in the United States. After serving for fourteen years as a senior official in the World Bank in Washington, specializing in economic development with an emphasis on social justice, Braverman returned to Israel to become president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for the next sixteen years. He was well regarded in this position and received an award from the city of Be'er Sheva for his work.

In November 2005, Braverman announced his intention to become involved in politics. Despite rumors that he would join Kadima, in a move viewed as surprising, he ended up joining Labor Party.[1] He was elected to the Knesset in the 2006 elections. Within the party, he was initially associated with Amir Peretz and later with Ami Ayalon.

Prior to the 2009 elections he won fourth place on the party's primaries, retaining his seat in the subsequent election. Braverman opposed the decision of the Labor Party to enter the Netanyahu government in March 2009, but shortly afterwards it was announced that he would be entering the government as Minister without Portfolio, focusing on Minority Affairs, later transformed into the Minister of Minority Affairs.[2] He resigned from the cabinet after Ehud Barak left the Labor Party to establish Independence in January 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Braverman joins Labor, not Kadima The Jerusalem Post, 24 November 2005.
  2. ^ Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister Haaretz, 1 April 2009.
  3. ^ Labor ministers quit gov't after split Ynetnews, 17 January 2011

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