Zalman Abramov

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Zalman Abramov
Date of birth 6 May 1908
Place of birth Minsk, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1920
Date of death 5 March 1997(1997-03-05) (aged 88)
Knessets 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Party represented in Knesset
1959-1961 General Zionists
1961-1965 Liberal Party
1965-1974 Gahal
1974-1977 Likud

Dr Shneor Zalman Abramov (Hebrew: שניאור זלמן אברמוב‎, born 6 May 1908, died 5 March 1997) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1959 and 1977. As a writer he usually signed by using the acronym S.Z. Abramov.

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Born in Minsk in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus), Abramov made aliyah to Palestine in 1920. He was educated at the Herzliya Hebrew High School in Tel Aviv, before studying at the Western Reserve University, obtaining a doctorate in jurisprudence. Whilst in the United States, he served as Vice President of the Zionist Students of America organisation between 1931 and 1933. He also later served as Chairman of the Israel-United States Friendship League from 1950 until 1964.[1]

A member of the General Zionists, Abramov was elected to the Knesset on the party's list in 1959. He was re-elected in 1961, 1965, 1969 and 1973, during which time the General Zionists merged into the Liberal Party, then Gahal and later Likud. Between 1963 and 1972 he represented the Knesset at the European Council, and in 1970 he became chairman of the Executive Committee of the Public Council for Soviet Jewry. From 1974 until 1977 he also served as a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He was considered as the major thinker and theoretician of Israeli Liberalism, though his positions tended to be more moderate and progressive than those of most of the members of his own party and of other political affiliations to which he belonged. Throughout his whole life he remained convinced that Chaim Weizmann's vision represents the right path for Zionism. Accordingly he believed that Israel's strength lies in its efforts to cultivate its educational institutions and research institutes, as well as in its ability to impose moral constraints upon itself by applying a broad universal perspective also when it is bound to deal with local or regional affairs.

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