Dalia Itzik

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Dalia Itzik
Dalya itzik.jpg
Date of birth (1952-10-20) 20 October 1952 (age 61)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Party represented in Knesset
1992–1999 Labor Party
1999–2001 One Israel
2001–2006 Labor Party
2006–2013 Kadima
Ministerial roles
1999–2001 Minister of the Environment
2001–2002 Minister of Industry and Trade
2005 Minister of Communications
Other roles
2003 Leader of the Opposition
2006–2009 Speaker of the Knesset

Dalia Itzik (Hebrew: דליה איציק‎), born 20 October 1952, is a former Israeli politician who last served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima.[1] She has previously served in several ministerial positions, and on 4 May 2006 became the first female speaker of the Knesset, and has since served as President of Israel in an interim capacity on two occasions.

Biography[edit]

Itzik was born in Jerusalem to a family of Iraqi Jews. She is married to Danny, an employee of the Israel Electric Corporation. They have three children, Ran, Uri and Adi. The family lives in Jerusalem's Ramat Sharett neighborhood.[2]

Political career[edit]

Before being elected to the 13th Knesset in 1992, Itzik served as the deputy mayor of Jerusalem.

After being re-elected in 1996 and 1999, she was appointed Minister of the Environment in Ehud Barak's government, serving from 1999 until 2001. In 2001 she became Minister of Industry and Trade, before leaving the cabinet in 2002.

Re-elected in 2003, Itzik served as Minister of Communications in 2005. In 2006 she defected to Ariel Sharon's newly formed party, Kadima.

Following the 2006 elections she became Knesset speaker. On 25 January 2007, Israeli President Moshe Katzav took a three month leave of absence, and on 1 July of that year, resigned the office in a plea bargain. The speaker of the Knesset stands first in the line of succession, making Itzik acting President both times. She served as the official head of State until Shimon Peres formally took over on 15 July 2007.

After winning third place on the party's list, Itzik retained her seat in the 2009 elections and later became the chairperson of the party. On 5 December 2012, in the days leading up to the 2013 elections while polls showed Kadima either barely getting into the Knesset or not even passing the threshold, Itzik announced she was taking a break from politics and dropping out of the race.[3]

Dalia Itzik with U.S. President George W. Bush and Shimon Peres

Controversy[edit]

On 13 October 2009, Channel Two reported that Dalia Itzik spent NIS 75,000 of taxpayers' money on an unnecessary hotel upgrade during a 2006 4-night trip to Paris, France. During the trip, Ms. Itzik stayed in a €1,995-a-night suite at Hotel Le Bristol.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dalia Itzik becomes acting president The Jerusalem Post, 25 January 2007
  2. ^ Naama Lanski (13 September 2007). "The Quality of Dalia". Haaretz. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Weisman, Leilach (5 December 2012). "בחירות 2013: דליה איציק פורשת מהחיים הפוליטיים" [Elections 2013: Dalia Itzik resigns from the political arena] (in Hebrew). Globes. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dalia Itzik's costly Paris Escapade,". YnetNews. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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