Orit Zuaretz

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Orit Zuaretz
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Date of birth (1967-02-21) 21 February 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Soviet Union
Year of aliyah 1971
Knessets 18
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2012 Kadima
2012–2013 Hatnuah

Orit Zuaretz (Hebrew: אורית זוארץ‎, born 21 February 1967) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima and Hatnuah between 2009 and 2013.[1]


Born Svetlana Moiseyevna Chernyak (Russian: Светлана Моисеевна Черняк) in the Soviet Union, Zuaretz emigrated to Israel in 1971. She gained a BA in Social Science studied towards an MA in the New Age Middle East.

She was elected onto the Tzoran-Kadima local council in 2003, serving as the town's deputy mayor until 2006. She also served as a member of the Jewish Agency Directors Forum for Russian-speaking elected representatives.

Prior to the 2009 elections she was placed twenty-eighth on the Kadima list, and entered the Knesset when the party won 28 seats.

In 2012 she left Kadima to join the new Hatnuah party. Placed tenth on its list for the 2013 elections,[2] she lost her seat when the party won only six seats.

Zuaretz lives in Tzoran-Kadima and is married with three children.


  1. ^ Livni returns to politics with The Tzipi Livni Party The Jerusalem Post, 27 November 2012
  2. ^ Hatnuah Central Elections Committee

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