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Meir Sheetrit
Meir Sheetrit 2009.jpg
Date of birth 10 October 1948 (1948-10-10) (age 61)
Place of birth Ksar es Souk, Morocco
Year of aliyah 1957
Knessets 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th,
17th 18th
Party Kadima
Former parties Likud
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Minister of the Interior
Minister of Housing & Construction
Minister of Finance
Minister of Justice
Minister of Transportation
Minister of Education, Culture & Sport

Meir Sheetrit (Hebrew: מאיר שטרית‎, born 10 October 1948) is an Israeli politician who currently serves a member of the Knesset for Kadima. He previously served as the country's Minister of the Interior.



Sheetrit was born in Ksar es Souk (now Er Rachidia), in Morocco, in 1948. His family made aliyah to Israel in 1957. He gained a BA and an MA in Public Policy from Bar-Ilan University.

Political Career


Member of the Likud

He began his political career in 1974 when he was elected as the mayor of the city of Yavne, a position he held until 1987.

He was first elected to the Knesset in 1981 on the Likud list. He was re-elected in 1984, but lost his seat in 1988. That year he was elected as treasurer of the Jewish Agency and served in this position until 1992, when he returned to the Knesset.

In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Finance, serving until the fall of Netanyahu's government in 1999. He returned to the cabinet in 2001 as Minister of Justice Minister. After being re-elected in 2003, he was appointed Minister in the Ministry of Finance, where he worked closely with Netanyahu who was spearheading a sweeping privatization reform. He was appointed Minister of Transportation in 2004, and later served as Minister of Education, Culture and Sport until 2006.

Member of Kadima

In 2005 he left Likud and joined Ariel Sharon's new Kadima party. He was re-elected in 1996 and appointed Minister of Housing and Construction, a post he held until July 2007, when he was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs. Between 23 August and 29 November 2006, he also served as Acting Justice Minister following Haim Ramon's resignation on 18 August over an indecent assault indictment. Sheetrit was replaced in the Justice portfolio by Tzipi Livni, who also continues to serve as Foreign Minister.

Following Ehud Olmert's resignation as party leader, Sheetrit ran for the party chairmanship. However, he came third out of the four candidates in the election, receiving only 8.5% of the vote.[1] Placed seventh on the party's list, he retained his seat in the 2009 elections


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