Gideon Sa'ar

Gideon Sa'ar

Gideon Sa'ar is a former Israeli Minister of the Interior and Minister of Education.

He served as Aide to the Attorney-General (1995-1997), Aide to the State Attorney (1997-1998), and Secretary to the Government (1999, 2001-2002).

Elected to the Knesset in 2003, Gideon Sa'ar has served as Likud Parliamentary Group Chairman and an active lobbyist. He was a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, the House Committee, the Committee for Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs, and as Chairman of the Committee on the Status of Women.

While in the Knesset, he proposed bills to jail employers who fire pregnant women, and to ban cosmetics testing on animals. In the 17th Knesset (2006-2009) he also served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.

Gideon Sa'ar was appointed Minister of Education in March 2009, a position he held until March 2013. During his term in office, he spearheaded significant advances, including free preschool for children aged three and four, and the establishment of the eighth university in Israel, Ariel University.

In 2013, he was appointed Minister of the Interior, serving until his resignation in November 2014, when he also resigned from the Knesset, taking a hiatus from politics.

Gideon Sa'ar began his IDF service as a combat soldier and later served as an intelligence officer in the Golani Brigade. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and an LLB from Tel Aviv University.

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