Meir Cohen (politician)

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Meir Cohen
ראש עיריית דימונה מאיר כהן.jpg
Date of birth (1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Essaouira, Morocco
Year of aliyah 1962
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2014 Yesh Atid
Ministerial roles
2013– Minister of Welfare and Social Services

Meir Cohen (Hebrew: מאיר כהן‎, born 15 November 1955) is an Israeli politician. A former mayor of Dimona,[1] Cohen is currently a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid and served as Minister of Welfare and Social Services from 2013 until 2014.


Born in Essaouira in Morocco, Cohen immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of seven. After initially settling in Yeruham, they moved to Dimona and were one of its founding families.[2] Cohen attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where he gained a bachelor's degree in history. He later worked as a headteacher in Dimona.[3][4]

He joined Yisrael Beiteinu and ran for mayor of Dimona in 2003, and was elected with 42% of the vote. He was elected for a second term in 2008, and was expected to win a third term in 2013.[5] During his tenure numerous factories opened, the city's first mall was built, unemployment dropped, he built cultural and youth centers, and led the efforts to lower the price of water.[6] In October 2012 he joined Yesh Atid after being courted by the party for several months.[5]

In addition to serving as mayor of Dimona, Cohen was also a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Agency.[7]

In the lead-up to the 2013 Knesset elections Cohen was placed fourth on the list of the new Yesh Atid party, entering the Knesset as the party won 19 seats.[8] He was appointed Minister of Welfare and Social Services, a post he held until resigning on 2 December 2014.[9]


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