Chaim Oron

Member of Knesset, Chairman of the Meretz party

Chaim Oron is Member of Knesset and Chairman of the Meretz-Yachad party. Earlier in his career, Oron served as the national secretary of the Kibbutz Artzi kibbutz federation, serving in that position from 1968 to 1971. and from 1984 to 1988. In 1994-95, Oron was the treasurer of the Histadrut, Israel's federation of trade unions. Oron was first elected to Knesset in 1988 with the Mapam party, one of the three parties that later formed Meretz. Since 1992, he has served as a Meretz MK. He has been active on the Finance, State Control, Ethics, House and Environment Committees, and from 1999 to 2000 was Israel's Minister of Agriculture in Ehud Barak's government. He has been a member of Knesset caucuses advocating for Bedouin rights, Jewish-Arab co-existence, public health, the environment, the rights of disabled persons, and support for higher education. Oron is among the founders of the Peace Now movement and is one of the drafters and signatories of the Geneva Accord. More recently, Oron has reportedly been serving as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's liaison to jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. In other public activities, he led the struggle of the opposition to the budgets of the Netanyahu governments, initiated dozens of laws on social and economic issues, and led several successfull appeals to the High Court of Justice.