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Michael Harish

(1936 - )

Michael Harish is an Israeli politician who served as a minister in the Cabinet.

Harish (born November 28, 1936) was born in Romania and immigrated to Israel as a teenager. He holds a degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew University.

Harish began his public career as one of the founders of the Labour Party's Young Guard (1966). As director of the party's International Department (1967-82), he helped marshal the support of world Socialist leaders against the Arab boycott, and was instrumental in the establishment of diplomatic relations with Spain. As Secretary-General of the Labour Party (since 1989), Harish implemented a far-reaching program of reorganization, including the introduction of primaries for party elections. He has also served as Chairman of the Labour Party's Political Committee, Chairman of the Israel Center for Energy Policy, and a member of the executive of the Public Council for Soviet Jewry.

Harish served as a Member of Knesset from 1974-1996, and has served on the following Committees: Economy (1974-77); Public Services (1974-77); House Committee (1977-81); Foreign Affairs and Defense (1977-88); and Finance (1988-92), which he chaired until March 1989. He also chaired the sub-committee on Energy (1977-84).

From 1992-1996, he served as Minister of Industry and Trade.

Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs