|Date of birth||22 December 1952|
|Place of birth||Afula, Israel|
|Knessets||15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|2013–||Minister of Construction|
Uri Yehuda Ariel (Hebrew: אורי אריאל, born 22 December 1952) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Tkuma (a faction within the Jewish Home), which he is chairman of, and as the minister of construction.
Born in Afula, Ariel served in Palsar 7, the reconnaissance company of the 7th Armored Brigade in the Israel Defense Forces and retired as a major. He became involved in Israeli settlements, and served as secretary general of both the Amana settlement movement and the Yesha Council, as well as head of Beit El local council. He was also a member of the Jewish National Fund directorate.
For the 1999 Knesset elections he was placed seventh on the National Union list. Although he missed out when the party won only four seats, Ariel entered the Knesset on 17 October 2001 as a replacement for the assassinated Rehavam Ze'evi.
He was placed sixth on the alliance's list for the 2003 elections, and retained his seat when the party won seven mandates. Prior to the scheduled Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank in August 2005, Ariel moved to Kfar Darom in solidarity and firmly opposed the plan. Similarly, he also moved to Amona prior to the dismantling of the outpost.
Originally placed 5th on the National Union Knesset list for the 2006 elections, Ariel conceded his spot to Aryeh Eldad and was listed 6th. After the alliance agreed to run a joint list with the National Religious Party, Ariel was placed ninth, and retained his seat as the party won nine mandates.
During the Sukkot festival in 2006 Ariel ascended to the Temple Mount, saying he was preparing a plan to build a synagogue on the mount. The proposed synagogue would not be built instead of the mosques but in a separate area in accordance with rulings of the prominent Rabbis. Ariel said he believed that this would be correcting a historical injustice and that it is an opportunity for the Muslim world to prove that it is tolerant to other faiths.
In March 2008 Ariel opposed the Knesset House Committee's decision to let Angela Merkel deliver her speech to the Knesset in German. In this context he also referred to the German people as "the mother of all Amalekites".
For the 2009 elections Ariel was placed second on the National Union list, retaining his seat as the party won four mandates.
After "hill top youth" attacked an Israeli army base in 2011, Ariel protested Israeli officials who called the group "terrorists", and condemned calls for the use of lethal force to repel such attacks in the future. In January 2012, Ariel admitted to giving IDF troop movement information to such militants in order to facilitate disruption of army activities, saying ""If a person who transfers information about IDF movements is a spy, then I am a spy,".
Ariel was ranked by the settler NGO Matot Arim as the most effective right-wing MK in 2011 and the second most right wing in 2012.
In December 2014 a group of well-known academics who are part of the anti-BDS movement and members of The Third Narrative, a Labor Zionist organization, have called on the U.S. and the E.U. to impose sanctions on Ariel and three other Israelis “who lead efforts to insure permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and to annex all or parts of it unilaterally in violation of international law.” These academics, calling themselves Scholars for Israel and Palestine (SIP), are “pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace,” and are asking the U.S. and EU to freeze Ariel's foreign assets and impose visa restrictions.
Ariel is married with 6 children.
Ban of Nazi references
In 2011 Uri Ariel was the sponsor of a Knesset bill which would ban the use of Nazi references except in certain situations, such as teaching, documentation or if the reference is found to have been correct.
- Avi Lewis, Jewish Home faction Tekumah selects Knesset candidates, Times of Israel, 12 January 2015
- Parties and lists The Jerusalem Post
- Candidates for the 16th Knesset Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- List of Candidates: Ichud Leumi - Mafdal Knesset website
- Rightist MK Ariel visits Temple Mount as thousands throng Wall Haaretz, 9 October 2006
- Olmert accompanies Merkel to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial Haaretz, 17 March 2008
- "Rioting Jews to be tried in army courts", Jerusalem Post, Dec. 15, 2011
- "Second Israeli MK admits to having given settlers information on IDF movements", Ha'aretz, Jan. 8, 2012
- "Cohen, Debra Nussmaum 'Anti-BDS Professors Launch Push To Ban 4 Far Right Israeli Leaders Zionist 'Third Narrative' Academics Target Naftali Bennett' (Dec. 12, 2014) The Jewish Daily Forward" http://forward.com/articles/210833/anti-bds-professors-launch-push-to-ban--far-right/
- Uri Ariel on the Knesset website