Merav Michaeli


Merav Michaeli ( he, מֵרַב מִיכָאֵלִי; born 24 November 1966) is an Israeli politician, journalist,
TV anchor A news presenter – also known as a newsreader, newscaster (short for "news broadcaster"), anchorman or anchorwoman, news anchor or simply an anchor – is a person who presents news during a news program on the television show, televisio ...
, radio broadcaster, feminist, and activist. She is currently the leader of the
Israeli Labor Party The Israeli Labor Party ( he, מִפְלֶגֶת הָעֲבוֹדָה הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִית, translit. ), commonly known as HaAvoda ( he, הָעֲבוֹדָה lit., "The Labor"), is a social democratic and Zionist political party ...
and the Minister of Transport and Road Safety in the thirty-sixth government of Israel.


Michaeli was born in
Petah Tikva Petah Tikva ( he, פֶּתַח תִּקְוָה, , "Opening of Hope"), also known as ''Em HaMoshavot'' ("Mother of the ''Moshava, Moshavot''"), is a city in the Central District (Israel), Central District of Israel, east of Tel Aviv. It was founde ...

Petah Tikva
to Ami Michaeli and Suzan Kastner, of
Hungarian Jewish The history of the Jews in Hungary dates back to at least the Kingdom of Hungary, with some records even predating the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895 CE by over 600 years. Written sources prove that Jewish communities lived in ...
background. She is the granddaughter of Rudolf Kastner and also of Nehemia Michaeli who was the last secretary of the
Mapam Mapam ( he, מַפָּ״ם, an acronym for , ) was a Left-wing politics, left-wing List of political parties in Israel, political party in Israel. The party is one of the ancestors of the modern-day Meretz party. History Mapam was formed by a J ...
party. In her youth, Michaeli served as leader in the
Israeli Scouts
Israeli Scouts
. In the IDF, Michaeli was a newscaster on the Army Radio. She helped establish Galgalatz and Radio Tel Aviv radio stations and would also lead Hebrew television programs focused on politics. She was a journalist and opinion columnist for the ''Haaretz'' newspaper. She also taught university classes and lectured extensively on the topics of feminism, media, and communications. In September 2012, she spoke at TED (conference), TEDxJaffa on the theme of "paradigm shift", in which she argued that society should "cancel marriage".

Political career

In October 2012 Michaeli announced that she was joining the Israeli Labor Party, Labor Party, and intended to run for inclusion on Labor's list for the 2013 Israeli legislative election, 2013 Knesset elections. On 29 November 2012 she won fifth place on the Labor Party's list, and was elected to the Knesset when Labor won 15 seats. In preparation for the 2015 Israeli legislative election, 2015 general election the Labor and Hatnuah parties formed the Zionist Union alliance. Michaeli won the ninth slot on the Zionist Union list, and was elected to the Knesset as it won 24 seats. Shortly before the end of the Knesset term, the Zionist Union was dissolved, with Labor and Hatnuah sitting in the Knesset as separate parties. Michaeli was placed seventh on the Labor list for the April 2019 Israeli legislative election, April 2019 elections, but lost her seat as Labor was reduced to six seats. However, she returned to the Knesset in August 2019 after Stav Shaffir resigned from the legislature. On 22 April 2020 after the 2020 Israeli legislative election the then Labor party leader Amir Peretz announced that the Labor Party would join the unity government in the Thirty-fifth government of Israel, Netanyahu-Gantz coalition, but Michaeli rejected sitting in the coalition under Netanyahu. She was 2021 Israeli Labor Party leadership election, elected to lead the Israeli Labor Party on 24 January 2021 after her predecessor, Amir Peretz, announced he would not stand for re-election. In the March 23rd, 2021 election, the Israeli Labor Party was granted 7 seats, and, during the parliamentary negotiation phase, put their trust in Yair Lapid to form the government. On 13 June 2021, the 36th Israeli government was sworn in, and with it Michaeli as Minister of Transport and Road safety. On 31 December 2021 she announced that the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv would be closed within 4 years, breaking her promise to close it immediately. She gave in to the mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, who has no intention of closing the Central Bus Station .

Personal life

Her partner is the television producer, host and comedian Lior Schleien.Meet Merav Michaeli, the fiery feminist of Israel’s government
''New York Times'', 23 December 2015
In August 2021, Merav and Schleien's son was born in the United States by surrogate pregnancy.


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