Aryeh Bahir

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Aryeh Bahir
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Date of birth 1 May 1906
Place of birth Odessa, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1924
Date of death 13 September 1970(1970-09-13) (aged 64)
Knessets 1, 3, 6
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1951 Mapai
1955–1959 Mapai
1967–1968 Rafi
1968–1969 Labor Party
1969 Alignment

Aryeh Bahir (Hebrew: אריה בהיר‎‎, born Aryeh Geller on 1 May 1906, died 13 September 1970) was an Israeli politician who served a member of the Knesset for Mapai, Rafi, the Labor Party and the Alignment.


Born in Odessa in the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine), Bahir studied at the Hebrew Gymnasium and Polytechnic in his home city, and was a member of Hashomer Hatzair. He made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1924, and was one of the founders of kibbutz Afikim in 1932. He was an activist for the HaKibbutz HaMeuhad movement, and also served on the board of directors of Solel Boneh construction company.

A leader of the Netzeh faction of Hashomer Hatzair, Bahir later joined Mapai. He was elected to the first Knesset on Mapai's list in 1949. Although he lost his seat in the 1951 elections, he returned to the Knesset after the 1955 elections. He lost his seat again in 1959.

In 1965, he joined Ben-Gurion's new Rafi party, and was on its list for the elections that year. Although he missed out on a seat, he entered the Knesset on 20 February 1967 as a replacement for Yizhar Smiliansky.[1] During his third term, Rafi merged into the Labor Party, which then became the Alignment. He lost his seat in the 1969 elections and died the following year.


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