(1952 - )
Dalia Itzik was born in Jerusalem in 1952.
She received a B.A. in Literature
and History from the Hebrew
University and a Teacher's Diploma from the
Efrata Teachers Seminary in Jerusalem. She received a Law Degree from the
Interdisciplina Center in Herzliya.
A teacher by profession, Dalia
Itzik is a former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of Education. She was
chairperson of the Legislative Panel of the Labor
Party, a member of the Labor Party Central Committee, and a member of
the Board of Governors of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the boards
of the Jerusalem Theater and Gerard Behar Center.
Elected to the Knesset in 1992, she has served on the Knesset Finance Committee (1992-96); the
Education and Culture Committee (1992-99), which she chaired from March
1995 to June 1996; and the Committee on the Status of Women (1992-99). She
also served as chairperson of the Special Committee for Research and
Scientific Technological Development (July 1997-June 1999).
Dalia Itzik served as Minister of the Environment from
July 1999 until March 2001. She served as Minister of Industry and Trade
from March 2001 until October 2002, when she resigned from the government
together with the other Labor ministers.
In January 2005, Dalia Itzik was appointed Minister of Communications.
In May 2006 Dalia Itzik was selected Speaker
of the Knesset.
On January 25, 2007,
Israeli President Moshe
Katsav was granted
a temporary suspension of three months
after it was reported that Israel’s
Attorney General planned to indict him
on rape charges. During
that time, Itzik was named acting president
during his suspension.
She is married and the mother of three.
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