Ariel Atias (Hebrew: אריאל אטיאס, born 13 November 1970)
is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the
Shas, and as the country's Minister of Housing and Construction. He
was also manager of Shas' kosher supervision organization, Badatz Beit
Yosef. On June 22, 2014, he handed his resignation from the
Parliament, citing his departure from the political scene.
1.1 Minister of Communications
2 Personal life
4 External links
Tel Aviv to parents who were Jewish immigrants from Morocco,
Atias was first elected to the
Knesset on Shas' list in the 2006
elections. In May 2006, he was promoted to the position of Minister of
Communications in the last government.
He retained his seat in the 2009 elections, having been placed second
Shas list, and was appointed Minister of Housing and
Construction in the Netanyahu government. In June 2009, Atias
called for the segregation of Israel's Arab population from Jewish
Israelis, saying that achieving it was "a national duty ...
populations that should not mix are spreading ... I don't think that
it is appropriate [for them] to live together".
Atias retained his seat again in the 2013
Knesset elections, but Shas
was not included in the coalition, resulting in Atias losing his
ministerial post. He resigned from the
Knesset in June 2014 in order
to take a break from politics, and was replaced by Yoav Ben-Tzur.
Minister of Communications
As the Minister of Communications, Atias created a major cellular
reform in Israel, which led to Israel's connectivity fees being one of
the lowest in the OECD. He also created the number portability
reform in which a user is giver the rights to his cellular number,
thus allowing users more freedom to move from one company to another
encouraging competition between cellular companies Another one of
his initiatives as Minister of Communications was opening the market
for Mobile virtual network operators.
In 2007, he tried to get a law passed that would censor violence, sex,
and gambling on the internet.
Atias is married, has four children, and lives in Jerusalem.
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^ Atias: Number portability will awaken cellular market Archived 2
April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Communications Minister Atias: It's time for MVNOs Archived 26
November 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
^ Big Brother in Israel? Ynetnews, 21 July 2007
Ariel Atias Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Knesset
Ariel Atias on the
Communications Ministers of
Construction Ministers of
D. Levy (1979–90)
Y. Levy (1999–2000)