Avi Nissenkorn

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Avi Nissenkorn
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Ministerial roles
2020–2021Minister of Justice
Faction represented in the Knesset
2019–2021Blue and White
Personal details
Born (1967-03-20) 20 March 1967 (age 56)
Afula, Israel

Avi Nissenkorn (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם דָּנִיאֵל "אָבִי" נִיסֶנְקוֹרְן, born 20 March 1967)[1] is an Israeli lawyer and politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for Blue and White from 2019 to 2021, and as Minister of Justice from 2020 to 2021. He previously served as General Secretary (chairman) of the Histadrut labor union between June 2014 and March 2019.


Avraham (Avi) Nissenkorn was born in Afula to Israel and Ilana, physicians who immigrated from Poland.[1] He was Israel's youth sprinting champion, and holds the underage Israeli record for 200 m.[2] He participated in the 1986 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Men's 200 metres.[3] In the Israel Defense Forces, he served as a sports instructor at Bahad 4.[1]

Nissenkorn studied at Tel Aviv University and earned a bachelor's degree in law.[1]

Nissenkorn met his wife Andrea while studying at Tel Aviv University. They have two children, Ori and Ron and live in Hod HaSharon.[1][2] His younger son Ron has severe epilepsy.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Nissenkorn started his career with an internship at Benjamin M. Cohen and Associates, a Tel Aviv law firm.[1]

Nissenkorn began at the Histadrut trade union in the late 1990s, as head of the collective agreement department. He continued as head of the legal department of Histadrut's professional unions.[1] In this capacity, he participated in negotiations related to large-scale government reforms, such as the transition from budgetary to cumulative pensions, Bezeq's privatization and others.[4] In 2001 he founded a private law firm specializing in labor laws, and returned to Histadrut in 2010 at Eini's request, to chair the professional unions—a position considered second only to the general secretary. He sold the private firm to Orna Lin & Co.[1][5]

In May 2014, following chairman Ofer Eini's resignation, Nissenkorn ran uncontested in an internal leadership election, where Histadrut's 171-member parliament would pick the new chairman, as a member of Eini's Oganim faction. The election itself was contested by Labor politician Eitan Cabel. Cabel claimed that the internal election was illegal and that in the case of a chairman's resignation, general Histadrut elections would have to be called. The case reached the Supreme Court, where it was struck down.[5]

As chairman, Nissenkorn helped finalise a deal that ensured contract workers working for government agencies would move to direct employment, and agreements for general pay raises for government employees. However, he was criticized for not doing enough to curb the contract worker phenomenon in practice, as well as over-representing major labor unions at the expense of ordinary workers.[1]

Political career[edit]

In February 2016, Nissenkorn registered as a member of the Labor Party.[6] In February 2019, in the lead-up to the April 2019 national elections, Nissenkorn joined the Israel Resilience Party led by Benny Gantz.[7] He was placed fifth on the party list,[8] and was reportedly promised a ministership by Gantz should the faction succeed in forming a government.[9] On 17 May 2020, Nissenkorn was sworn in as Israeli Minister of Justice.[10] In December 2020, he announced that he would join Ron Huldai's new party, The Israelis.[11] He was replaced by Vladimir Beliak.[12] Nissenkorn left The Israelis on 31 January 2021.[13]


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  2. ^ a b c Lam, Amira (15 April 2017). "המוסף לחג" [Holiday Supplement] (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ Peters, Lionel; Magnusson, Tomas, World Junior Championships WJC – 1986 Athens GRE Jul 16-20, WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY ("WJAH"), archived from the original on 26 February 2014, retrieved 13 June 2015
  4. ^ "אבי ניסקורן – יו"ר אגף איגוד מקצועי בהסתדרות" [Avi Nissenkorn – [Now] Head of the Professional Unionization at Histadrut]. Ynet (in Hebrew). 18 February 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b Shay Niv (20 May 2014). "עכשיו זה באמת סופי: אבי ניסנקורן נבחר ליו"ר ההסתדרות" [Now It's Really Final: Avi Nissenkorn Chosen as Chairman of the Histadrut]. Globes (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ "יו"ר ההסתדרות אבי ניסנקורן התפקד לעבודה" [Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn Registered at the Labor Party]. Ynet. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ Schneider, Tal (16 February 2019). "רשמית: יו"ר ההסתדרות אבי ניסנקורן מצטרף לבני גנץ" [It's Official: Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn Joins Benny Gantz]. Globes (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Blue and White Party candidate Avi Nissenkorn: We will not join a Netanyahu government". Ynetnews. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Powerful labor union head officially joins Gantz's Knesset slate". The Times of Israel. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  10. ^ Levinson, Chaim; Lis, Jonathan (17 May 2020). "After Year of Deadlock and Days of Delays, Knesset Swears in New Israeli Government". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  11. ^ Hoffman, Gil (29 December 2020). "Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai announces new party called The Israelis Party". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Replacements Among Knesset Members". knesset.gov.il.
  13. ^ Wootliff, Raoul (31 January 2021). "Former justice minister leaves The Israelis as party seeks to unite with Labor". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 1 February 2021.