Avraham Sharir

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Avraham Sharir
Date of birth (1932-12-23) 23 December 1932 (age 84)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 9, 10, 11, 12
Faction represented in Knesset
1977–1990 Likud
1990 Party for the Advancement of the Zionist Idea
1990–1992 Likud
Ministerial roles
1981–1988 Minister of Tourism
1986–1988 Minister of Justice

Avraham Sharir (Hebrew: אברהם שריר‎‎, born 23 December 1932) is a former Israeli politician.


Sharir was born in 1932 in Tel Aviv, where he attended high school. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was certified as a lawyer. From 1954 to 1964 he was secretary of the General Zionist faction in the Knesset. He was the director of the economics department of the Jewish Agency in the United States from 1964 to 1967 and director of the coordinating bureau of the economic organizations of the employers in Israel from 1967 to 1970. He was the economic consul in Atlanta from 1970 to 1972 and then in Western United States until 1974. From 1974 to 1977 he was General Secretary of the Liberal Party and its chairman of the national board.

He was elected to the ninth Knesset in 1977 for the Likud and again in 1981, 1984 and 1988. He was a member of the finance committee in the ninth Knesset and of the foreign affairs & defense committee in the twelfth. He was the Minister of Tourism in the tenth Knesset and also Minister of Justice in the eleventh.

In 1990 he left the Likud to form the New Liberal Party. In April he became involved in "the dirty trick" by joining Shimon Peres' attempt to form a narrow government.[1] When that move failed, he accepted a request made by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to return to the Likud. This effectively put an end to his political career, and he retired in 1992.[2]


  1. ^ Brinkley, Joel (1990-04-12). "Israeli Coalition Cracks At Last Minute". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ Melamed, Uri (2007-12-05). "Abrasha, come back home". Makor Rishon (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-06-15. 

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