Orly Levy

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Orly Levy
Date of birth (1973-11-11) 11 November 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Beit She'an, Israel
Knessets 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2016 Yisrael Beiteinu
2016– Independent

Orly Levy-Abekasis (Hebrew: אורלי לוי-אבקסיס‎, born 11 November 1973) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as an independent member of the Knesset, having resigned from the Yisrael Beiteinu party in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Orly Levy was born on 11 November 1973 in Beit She'an, the daughter of Moroccan-born former Foreign Affairs Minister David Levy. She did her national service in the Israeli Air Force and later earned a law degree at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.[1][2]

Early in her career Orly Levy had also worked as a model and a local television host, before following her father into politics.[3]

Political career[edit]

For the 2009 elections, Levy was placed sixth on the Yisrael Beiteinu list,[4] and entered the Knesset after the party won fifteen seats. During her first term she served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.[5] For the 2013 elections, Levy was placed 16th on the Likud Yisrael Beiteinu list and entered the Knesset after the party won 31 seats. She was reappointed Chair of the Committee of the Rights of the Child.[5] In January 2015 it was announced that she would be second on the Yisrael Beiteinu list for the March 2015 elections.[6] In May 2016, she announced she was quitting the Yisrael Beiteinu party due to the lack of attention to social affairs in the party's negotiations over joining the coalition government.[7]

Because of the fact she was declared as an MK who has quit her party, she is limited by Knesset protocol and would not be able to run for the Knesset with any of the existing parties, only a new party.[8] Therefore in March 2018 she announced a new political party.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Levy is married with four children and lives in Kibbutz Mesilot.[2] Her brother Jackie is a former mayor of Beit She'an and a member of Likud.


  1. ^ Levy-Abecasis gets a boost as Shamir leaves Yisrael Beytenu
  2. ^ a b Orly Levi-Abekasis: Particulars Knesset website
  3. ^ Peraino, Kevin (2009-02-07). "From a Catwalk to Knesset". Newsweek (Feb 16, 2009). Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ JTA Staff (February 2, 2009). "The party lists for Feb. 10". Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Orly Levi-Abekasis: Knesset Activities Knesset website
  6. ^ Levy-Abecasis gets a boost as Shamir leaves Yisrael Beytenu The Jerusalem Post, 17 January 2015
  7. ^ Harkov, Lahav (May 19, 2016). "Levy-Abecasis leaves Yisrael Beytenu amid coalition talks". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2017-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Orly Levy-Abekasis announces new political party". Ynetnews. 3 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Yisrael Beytenu rebel announces formation of new party". The Times of Israel. 6 March 2018. 

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