Merav Michaeli

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Merav Michaeli
Merav Michaeli by Ron Kedmi.jpg
Date of birth (1966-11-24) 24 November 1966 (age 53)
Place of birthPetah Tikva, Israel
Knessets19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015Labor Party
2015–2019Zionist Union
2019–Labor Party

Merav Michaeli (Hebrew: מירב מיכאלי‎; born 24 November 1966) is an Israeli political, journalist, TV anchor, radio broadcaster and activist. She is currently a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party.


Merav Michaeli was born in Petah Tikva,[1] the granddaughter of Rudolf Kastner.[2]

Prior to entering politics, she was a journalist and opinion columnist for the Haaretz newspaper.[3] She also taught university classes and lectured extensively on the topics of feminism, media, and communications. In September 2012 she spoke at TEDxJaffa on the theme of "paradigm shift", in which she argued society should "cancel marriage".[4]

Political career[edit]

In October 2012 Michaeli announced that she was joining the Labor Party, and intended to run for inclusion on Labor's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[5] On 29 November 2012 she won fifth place on the Labor Party's list,[6] and was elected to the Knesset when Labor won 15 seats.[7]

In preparation for the 2015 general election the Labor and Hatnuah parties formed the Zionist Union alliance. Michaeli won the ninth slot on the Zionist Union list, and was elected to the Knesset as it won 24 seats.[8][9] Shortly before the end of the Knesset term, the Zionist Union was dissolved, with Labor and Hatnuah sitting in the Knesset as separate parties. Michaeli was placed seventh on the Labor list for the April 2019 elections, but lost her seat as Labor was reduced to six seats. However, she returned to the Knesset in August 2019 after Stav Shaffir resigned from the legislature.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is the television producer, host and comedian Lior Schleien.[3]


  1. ^ "MK Michaeli in Israeli Parliament website". Knesset. Knesset.
  2. ^ 'My grandfather did the inconceivable - negotiated with Nazis - to save Jews, Jerusalem Post, 2 May 2016
  3. ^ a b Meet Merav Michaeli, the fiery feminist of Israel’s government, New York Times, 23 December 2015
  4. ^ "Cancel Marriage: Merav Michaeli at TEDxJaffa". YouTube. TEDx Talks. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ Lis, Jonathan. "Merav Michaeli to Vie for Spot on Labor's Election List". Haaretz. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  6. ^ Azulay, Moran. "Herzog wins Labor primaries; Merav Michaeli 5th on party list". Ynetnews. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Final Israel Election Results: Kadima's in Knesset, Habayit Hayehudi Gets 12 Seats". Haaretz. 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Women win big as Yachimovich, Shaffir top Labor primary vote". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  9. ^ "All 120 incoming Knesset members". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Merav Michaeli returns to Knesset". Arutz Sheva. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

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