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Haim Oron

(1940 - )

Haim Oron is an Israeli politician and former Cabinet minister.

Oron was born in Tel-Aviv in 1940 and is a member of Kibbutz Lahav (near Beersheba). Oron served as secretary of the Hashomer Hatzair movement from 1968-1971, and as later secretary of the movement's leadership. He was a founding member of the Peace Now movement. From 1994-1995 he was treasurer of the Histadrut (New General Federation of Labor).

Oron was first elected to the Knesset in 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was a member of the Finance and State Control Committees. From 1992-96, he served as chairman of the Ethics Committee, and a member of the Knesset, Finance and State Control Committees. From 1996-99 he was Chairman of the Meretz Knesset faction and a member of the Knesset and Finance Committees.

He served as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from August 1999 until his resignation from the post in June 2000.

Oron served in the Knesset for the Meretz Party from 1992 until his resignation in March 2011.

He is married and the father of four.

Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs