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YORAM ARIDOR

diplomat , politician , Minister of Communications , Knesset member

Yoram ARIDOR, Israeli lawyer and politician. Knesset 1969-1988; Committee Legislation and Justice 1969-1981, Deputy Minister in P.M.’s office 1977-1981; Central Committee Herat Movement 1961-1990.

Background

ARIDOR, YORAM was born on October 24, 1933 in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Education

Hebrew University, Jerusalem (M. Juris, Cum Laude. Bachelor of Arts, Economics) Bachelor of Arts, Economics). Spoken languages: English, French and Hebrew.

Career

Following the 1977 elections he became a deputy minister in Menachem Begin's government. Aridor's first ministerial appointment was the Minister of Communications, in 1981. In this position, Aridor immediately restored television color broadcasting.

In the 1970s, color bursts (the signals encoding colors) were actively removed from IBA transmissions, in an attempt to discourage the population from buying new television sets. Aridor's action led to an increase of his popularity, and boosted his political career. Two weeks later he was appointed the Minister of Finance, and again took a populist approach, lowering taxes on automobiles and household appliances.

As such, his days as finance minister were called the "Merry Aridor Days". The lowering of inflation in Israel during his first years in office is attributed in part to this policy, leading to an increase in government's income from taxes. In subsequent years however, the inflation rose sharply (from 102% in 1981 to 191% in 1983), and as a countermeasure Aridor proposed to peg the Israeli shekel to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate.

He resigned his position on 15 October 1983 due to widespread criticism of his "dollarization plan". Between 1990 and 1992, Aridor served as the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. In 2002, he was appointed to the board of directors of Bezeq, by then Minister of Communications Reuven Rivlin.

In February 2004, Aridor was appointed chairman of a commission examining state assistance to public institutions, created by the Ministerial Committee on State Audit Affairs.

Membership

Knesset 1969-1988; Committee Legislation and Justice 1969-1981, Deputy Minister in P.M.’s office 1977-1981. Central Committee Herat Movement 1961-1990.

Connections

Spouse Aviva, National of Israel.

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Aviva