(1947 - )
Dan Meridor was born in Jerusalem in 1947, and holds a law degree from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a tank commander in
the 1967 Six Day War and continued in the IDF reserves as a
A lawyer by profession, he practiced law in Jerusalem from 1973-82.
He served as Cabinet Secretary under Prime Ministers Menachem Begin (1982-83)
and Yitzhak Shamir (1983-84). In 1984, he was elected to the Knesset.
In the 11th Knesset (1984-88), he was a member of the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee and the Constitution, Law and Justice
From 1988-92 he served as
Minister of Justice and member of the Inner Cabinet.
In the 13th Knesset (1992-96), he
was a member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice
Committee. In June 1996, Dan Meridor was appointed Minister
of Finance, a position he held until his resignation
in June 1997. In the 15th Knesset, he chaired the Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee (until August 2001).
In August 2001, Dan Meridor was appointed Minister
without Portfolio, responsible for national defense
and diplomatic strategy in the Prime Minister's Office. Meridor lost his seat in the Knesset in 2003 when the Center Party did not recieve enough votes.
In 2009, Meridor rejoined the Likud and was election back to Knesset through the Likud Party list. He was subsequently appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy. Meridor did not contest the 2013 elections and retired from politics.
He is married to economist Dr. Leora Meridor. They
have four children.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia; Photo used with permission
of the Knesset