Tamar Zandberg

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Tamar Zandberg
Date of birth (1976-04-29) 29 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Meretz

Tamar "Tami" Zandberg (Hebrew: תמר זנדברג‎, born 29 April 1976) is an Israeli politician. A member of the Meretz party, she was placed sixth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections, and thus elected to the 19th Knesset.[1] She is a former Tel Aviv Yaffo City Council Member.


Zandberg was born in Ramat Gan in 1976. She is a PhD candidate in Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, researching issues of spatial planning and human rights. She holds a Master's degree in Social Psychology from Ben Gurion University and a Law Degree (LLB) from Tel Aviv University.

Zandberg is divorced and has a daughter. She is the sister of Israeli international footballer Michael Zandberg and daughter of journalist Ester Zandberg.[2]

Political career[edit]

She began her political career in 2003, when she started to work as a parliamentary assistant to Meretz MK Ran Cohen, a job she held until 2008. In the same year she was elected to Tel Aviv city council in second place on the Meretz list.[3] During her term on the council, she chaired the city's Women's Affairs Committee and was a member of both the Finance Committee and the Affordable Housing Committee. She was behind an initiative to introduce public transportation on Shabbat.[4]

Zandberg was a main activist in the social protest movement of summer 2011, and was a member of the experts' group that introduced the movement's housing and transportation platform. She considered herself a feminist, urban environmentalist and a social democrat. She heads the opposition list of Na'amat, Israel's leading union for working women.

She was elected to the 19th Knesset in 2013 as the sixth member of Meretz's list. She ran in the fifth slot in the 2015 election and appeared to have lost her seat when preliminary resulted indicated Meretz only elected four members to the Knesset. Party leader Zehava Gal-On announced that she will resign from the Knesset and as party chairperson in order to allow Zandberg, a rising star within the party, to re-enter the Knesset as the party's fourth MK. Zandberg urged Gal-On to reconsider her decision and remain as the party's leader in the Knesset.[5] Once absentee and soldier ballots were counted, however, Meretz unexpectedly gained a fifth seat negating the premise for Gal-On's resignation,[6] allowing her to continue as party leader.[7]


  1. ^ Meretz Central Elections Committee
  2. ^ Meet the MK: Tamar Zandberg The Jerusalem Post, 4 February 2013
  3. ^ Council members Ministry of the Interior
  4. ^ TA councilwoman throws hat into the Knesset ring The Jerusalem Post, 22 October 2012
  5. ^ "Meretz chief Gal-On to resign in wake of party's poor showing in election". Jerusalem Post. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meretz wins 5th seat in absentee ballots, Likud secures 30th seat". YNet. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gal-On decides not to quit as Meretz chief after party rises to 5 mandates in final count". Jerusalem Post. March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 

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