Meir Porush

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Meir Porush
Date of birth (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
1996–1999 United Torah Judaism
1999 Agudat Yisrael
1999–2005 United Torah Judaism
2005–2006 Agudat Yisrael
2006–2008 United Torah Judaism
2008–2009 Agudat Yisrael
2009–2011 United Torah Judaism
2013– United Torah Judaism

Rabbi Meir Porush (Hebrew: מאיר פרוש‎, born 11 June 1955) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the ultra-orthodox Agudat Yisrael faction of United Torah Judaism, and as Deputy Minister of Education.


Born in Jerusalem, his father Rabbi Menachem Porush (1916–2010) was one of the longest-serving Knesset members. Meir was educated in a yeshiva. After leaving Yeshiva Porush served in the IDF and today supports further Haredi participation in military service.[1] Before entering the Knesset, he served as a member of Jerusalem City Council for thirteen years, and was at one stage deputy mayor of Jerusalem.

He was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections as an Agudat Yisrael candidate on the United Torah Judaism list, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

Porush retained his seat in the 1999 elections and chaired the Knesset inquiry into financial problems of local councils. After Ariel Sharon won a special election for Prime Minister in 2001 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction.

He retained his seat in the 2003 elections. In 2005 he caused controversy by saying that then PM Ariel Sharon reminded him of Benito Mussolini.[2] He was re-elected again in 2006, and ran for Mayor of Jerusalem in 2008, losing to secular politician Nir Barkat, by 50% to 42%.[3]

Porush retained his Knesset seat in the 2009 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. However, he resigned on 6 February 2011 as part of a seat rotation agreement.[4] He was re-elected again in 2013 and 2015, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education in the new government formed in May 2015.

Porush lives in Jerusalem with his wife and twelve children.


  1. ^ Ilan Ben Zion (12 February 2013). "Draft Haredim who don't learn, says ultra-Orthodox MK". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Zvi Zrahiya (30 November 2005). "MK Meir Porush: Sharon reminds me of Italian dictator Mussolini". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Secularist 'wins Jerusalem vote'". BBC News. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Jonah Mandel (7 February 2011). "Eichler sworn in as an MK instead of Porush". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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