Avishay Braverman

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Avishay Braverman
Date of birth (1948-01-15) 15 January 1948 (age 70)
Place of birthTel Aviv, Israel
Knessets17, 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2006–2015Labor Party
Ministerial roles
2009–2011Minister of Minorities

Avishay Braverman (Hebrew: אבישי ברוורמן‬, born 15 January 1948) is an Israeli economist and politician. A former president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, he served as a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party between 2006 and 2015, and as Minister of Minority Affairs between 2009 and 2011.


Braverman studied statistics and economics at Tel Aviv University and received his PhD in economics from Stanford University in the United States. After serving for fourteen years as a senior official in the World Bank in Washington, specializing in economic development with an emphasis on social justice, Braverman returned to Israel to become president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for the next sixteen years. He was well regarded in this position and received an award from the city of Be'er Sheva for his work.

In November 2005, Braverman announced his intention to become involved in politics. Despite rumors that he would join Kadima, in a move viewed as surprising, he ended up joining Labor Party.[1] He was elected to the Knesset in the 2006 elections. Within the party, he was initially associated with Amir Peretz and later with Ami Ayalon.

Prior to the 2009 elections he won fourth place in the party's primaries, retaining his seat in the subsequent election. Braverman opposed the decision of the Labor Party to enter the Netanyahu government in March 2009, but shortly afterwards it was announced that he would be entering the government as Minister without Portfolio, focusing on Minority Affairs, later transformed into the Minister of Minority Affairs.[2] He resigned from the cabinet after Ehud Barak left the Labor Party to establish Independence in January 2011.[3] He was re-elected to the Knesset in 2013.

In December 2014 Braverman announced that he would not run in the 2015 elections, stating that he felt he had done all he could as a Knesset member.[4]


  1. ^ Braverman joins Labor, not Kadima The Jerusalem Post, 24 November 2005
  2. ^ Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Haaretz, 1 April 2009
  3. ^ Labor ministers quit gov't after split Archived September 17, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. Ynetnews, 17 January 2011
  4. ^ Labor MK Avishay Braverman announces he won't run in March elections Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. The Jerusalem Post, 15 December 2014

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