Yosef Harish

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Yosef Harish (Hebrew: יוסף חריש‎ ‎ 1923 – 6 November 2013) was an Israeli jurist who served as the country's Attorney General between 1986 and 1993.


Born in Jerusalem in 1923, Harish was educated in a yeshiva. He joined the Haganah, and volunteered for the British Army during World War II, before serving as an officer in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

He studied for bachelor's and master's degrees in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and began working as a magistrate. He became a judge in the Tel Aviv District court in 1969, and later became its vice-president. In 1986 Harish was appointed Attorney General.[1] His predecessor Yitzhak Zamir had resigned after refusing to abandon an investigation into the activities of the head of Israel's GSS.[2] A year later Harish set up the Landau Commission to investigate methods used by the GSS.

He left the post on 1 November 1993 and was replaced by Michael Ben-Yair.

Harish died on 6 November 2013. At the time of his death Harish resided in the Ramat Aviv area of Tel Aviv.


  1. ^ "Yosef Harish, Former Attorney-General, Dead at 90". Haartz, Ofer Aderet, 11.07.2013
  2. ^ Israel replaces attorney general Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 1986