Yariv Levin

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Yariv Levin
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Date of birth (1969-06-22) 22 June 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 18, 19
Party represented in Knesset
2009– Likud

Yariv Gideon Levin ' (Hebrew: יריב גדעון לוין‎, born 22 June 1969) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a coalition chairman and the Likud-Beytenu faction in the Knesset, and is a lawyer by profession.


Levin was born in Jerusalem to Gail and Aryeh Levin, an Israel Prize laureate for general linguistics, His mother's uncle, Eliyahu Lankin, was commander of the Altalena ship and member of the first Knesset representing Herut, whilst Menachem Begin was the Sandek at Levin's circumcision ceremony.[1]

Levin studied at Boyar High School in Jerusalem. During his national service he joined the IDF Intelligence Corps as an Arabic translator and later served as commander of an Arabic translation course. In 1995 he published a dictionary of economic terms translated between Hebrew-Arabic-English, Arabic-Hebrew-English and English-Arabic-Hebrew.

Levin gained an LLB from the Hebrew University and worked as a lawyer in the field of civil-commercial law. He married Yifat, daughter of former Knesset Member Ya'akov Shamai. They have three children and live in Modi'in.[1]

Political activities[edit]

Levin began his public activities in Likud's student faction at the Hebrew University, where he served as Spokesman and later as deputy chairman of the faction. In 1997 he headed a team that established the Likud branch in Modi'in and in 2003 was appointed chairman. Levin served as head of the mayoral campaign of Haim Bibas. He represented the opposition to the disengagement plan in the supervising committee of the Likud members' poll on the plan, and represented the Members of Knesset who opposed the plan in various legal proceedings.

In 2006 Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Levin to head the Likud committee for oversight of government authorities in order to coordinate Likud's opposition activities against the government and its then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Levin filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Prime Minister which resulted in the appointment of a Minister of Social Welfare after a long period of time during which this position was unoccupied.

In addition to his public activities in Likud, Levin took part in establishing the New Young Lawyers Faction, which participated in the elections for the Israel Bar Association institutions for the first time in 1999. Levin, who headed the Faction list, was elected Member of the National Council of the Association and Member of the Jerusalem District Committee representing the Faction. In the National Council elections, Levin was elected Vice Chairman of the Israel Bar Association. Levin was also appointed Head of the Bar Association's salaried lawyers committee. In the 2003 elections for the Bar Association's institutions, the New Young Lawyers Faction increased their power and Levin was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Bar Association (2003–2005). During his work in the Bar Association he took part in its legal aide project Sachar Mitzvah and led reforms in the rules of ethics for lawyers. Levin was among the initiators of the survey examining the conduct of judges in the courtrooms. The Bar Association published the results of the survey.

In the Likud primaries prior to the 2009 Knesset elections, Levin was elected to represent the central region. He was placed in the twenty-first seat on the Likud list and entered the Knesset as the party won 27 seats. He was re-elected in 2013 after winning seventeenth place on the joint Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu list.

In February 2014, a bill, sponsored by Levin, was approved that officially recognised Christian Arabs as a distinct legal minority in Israel. This makes Israel the second country in the Middle East to extend such recognition to Christian Arabs, after Lebanon.


  1. ^ a b Yariv Levin MK Likud

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