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Avraham Poraz
Date of birth 9 August 1945(1945-08-09)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Year of aliyah 1950
Knessets 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Party Secular Faction (2006)
Former parties Shinui (1988-1992)
Meretz (1992-1999)
Shinui (1999-2006)
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Minister of Interior

Avraham Poraz (Hebrew: אברהם פורז‎, born 9 August 1945) is an Israeli lawyer and former politician.

Biography

Poraz was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1945 and immigrated to Israel in 1950. He served in the Military Police Corps of the Israel Defense Forces and later studied law in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was certified as a lawyer.[1]

From 1983 to 1988 he was a member of the Tel Aviv Municipal Council and chairman of the City Auditing Committee. He was chairman of the Shinui Party Secretariat from 1982 to 1983 and again from 1988 to 1990. From 1984 to 1988 he was head of the project for setting up the Israeli Channel 2, the cable TV and the regional radio.[1]

In 1988 he was elected to the Knesset for Shinui. In the following election, he was elected for Meretz, into which Shinui had merged. He served as a member of the House Committee; the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; the Ethics Committee; the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and the Finance Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Economics Committee. In February 2003, he was appointed Minister of the Interior by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.[1]

In July 2004 it was revealed that a fellow Shinui party member, Yosef Paritzky, had tried to frame him during the party primary elections.[2] Paritzky confessed and was fired from his position as Minister of Infrastructure. In December 2004, after Shinui had voted against the state budget for 2004, Sharon fired Poraz along with the rest of his faction.[3]

In the Shinui primary elections to the seventeenth Knesset, he lost the second place in its list.[4] He left Shinui with ten other MKs and founded Hetz, which failed to pass the Election threshold.[3] He then retired from politics and returned to legal practice.[5]

He is married, and has two children.[1]

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