Meir Porush

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Meir Porush
Date of birth (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
1996–1999 United Torah Judaism
1999 Agudat Yisrael
1999–2005 United Torah Judaism
2005–2006 Agudat Yisrael
2006–2008 United Torah Judaism
2008–2009 Agudat Yisrael
2009– United Torah Judaism

Rabbi Meir Porush (Hebrew: מאיר פרוש‎, born 11 June 1955) is an Israeli politician and a former member of the Knesset for the Haredi Agudat Yisrael faction of United Torah Judaism.


Born in Jerusalem, his father Rabbi Menachem Porush (1916–2010) was one of the longest-serving Knesset members. Meir was educated in a yeshiva. After leaving Yeshiva Porush served in the IDF and today supports further Haredi participation in military service.[1] Before entering the Knesset, he served as a member of Jerusalem City Council for thirteen years, and was at one stage deputy mayor of Jerusalem.

He was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections as an Agudat Yisrael candidate on the United Torah Judaism list, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

He retained his seat in the 1999 elections and chaired the Knesset inquiry into financial problems of local councils. After Ariel Sharon won a special election for Prime Minister in 2001 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction.

He retained his seat in both the 2003 and 2006 elections, but has not served in the cabinet since 2003. In 2005 he caused controversy by saying that then PM Ariel Sharon reminded him of Benito Mussolini.[2] He has also called for Israel to give up its nuclear weapons.[3]

Porush ran for Mayor of Jerusalem in 2008, but lost the election to secular politician Nir Barkat, by 50% to 42%.[4] He retained his Knesset seat in the 2009 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. However, he resigned on 6 February 2011 as part of a seat rotation agreement.[5]

Porush lives in Jerusalem with his wife and twelve children.


  1. ^ Ilan Ben Zion (12 February 2013). "Draft Haredim who don't learn, says ultra-Orthodox MK". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Zvi Zrahiya (30 November 2005). "MK Meir Porush: Sharon reminds me of Italian dictator Mussolini". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ The Haredi choice The Jerusalem Post, 9 November 2008
  4. ^ "Secularist 'wins Jerusalem vote'". BBC News. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Jonah Mandel (7 February 2011). "Eichler sworn in as an MK instead of Porush". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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