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Yariv Levin (born 22 June 1969) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as Minister ot Tourism, Liaising Minister between the Goverment and the Knesset and is a lawyer by profession.
Levin was born in Jerusalem to Gail and Aryeh Levin, an Israel Prize laureate for general linguistics, His mother's uncle, Eliyahu Lankin, was commander of the Altalena ship and member of the first Knesset representing Herut, whilst Menachem Begin was the Sandek at Levin's circumcision ceremony.
Levin studied at Boyar High School in Jerusalem. During his national service he joined the IDF Intelligence Corps as an Arabictranslator and later served as commander of an Arabic translation course. In 1995 he published a dictionary of economic terms translated between Hebrew-Arabic-English, Arabic-Hebrew-English and English-Arabic-Hebrew.
Levin gained an LLB from the Hebrew University and worked as a lawyer in the field of civil-commercial law. He married Yifat, daughter of former Knesset Member Ya'akov Shamai. They have three children and live in Modi'in.
Levin began his public activities in Likud's student faction at the Hebrew University, where he served as Spokesman and later as deputy chairman of the faction. In 1997 he headed a team that established the Likud branch in Modi'in and in 2003 was appointed chairman. He represented the opposition to the disengagement plan in the supervising committee of the Likud members' poll on the plan, and represented the Members of Knesset who opposed the plan in various legal proceedings.
In 2006 Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Levin to head the Likud committee for oversight of government authorities in order to coordinate Likud's opposition activities against the government and its then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Levin filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Prime Minister which resulted in the appointment of a Minister of Social Welfare after a long period of time during which this position was unoccupied.
In addition to his public activities in Likud, Levin took part in establishing the New Young Lawyers Faction, which participated in the elections for the Israel Bar Association institutions for the first time in 1999. Levin, who headed the Faction list, was elected Member of the National Council of the Association and Member of the Jerusalem District Committee representing the Faction. In the National Council elections, Levin was elected Vice Chairman of the Israel Bar Association. Levin was also appointed Head of the Bar Association's salaried lawyers committee. In the 2003 elections for the Bar Association's institutions, the New Young Lawyers Faction increased their power and Levin was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Bar Association (2003–2005). During his work in the Bar Association he took part in its legal aide project Sachar Mitzvah and led reforms in the rules of ethics for lawyers. Levin was among the initiators of the survey examining the conduct of judges in the courtrooms. The Bar Association published the results of the survey.
Activity in the 20th Knesset
In the elections held for the Likud’s list of candidates for the 20th Knesset Levin was elected to the 9th place, placed in the 10th place in the Likud list and elected to serve in the Knesset. Prime Minister Netanyahu appointed Levin as Minister of Tourism and Liasing Minister between the government and the Knesset.
Activity in the 19th Knesset
In the elections held for the Likud’s list of candidates for the 19th Knesset Levin was elected to the 9th place, placed in the 17th place in the Likud – Yisrael Beiteinu list and elected to serve in the Knesset. From the 18th of March 2013 until the 26th of October 2014 Levin served as the head of the coalition and leader of the Likud faction. On the 3rd of June 2013 he was elected again as the Knesset’s representative on the committee to locate candidates for the position of Attorney General. Levin also served as Chairman of the Knesset House Committee and as Chairman of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset along with MK Orit Strock. From the 1st of January 2015 Levin served as chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee.,
38 bills proposed by MK Levin have been approved thus far in the 19th Knesset, passing a second and third reading and entering into law.
Activity in the 18th Knesset
In the Likud Party Primaries prior to the 18th Knesset elections, Levin was elected to represent the central region. He was placed in the twenty-first seat on the Likud list and entered the Knesset. On August 3, 2009 Levin was appointed Chairman of the Knesset House Committee. Levin also serves as the Knesset representative to the committee for selecting candidates for Attorney General. In July 2011 he was appointed Chair of the Israel-Sierra Leone Parliamentary Friendship Group by the Speaker of the Knesset.
Levin chaired the joint committee of the House Committee and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on the Referendum Bill. This bill states that a referendum must be conducted in the event of a plan to relinquish sovereign land. The bill passed second and third readings in November 2010 and became a law.
40 bills proposed by MK Levin during the term of the 18th Knesset were passed on the Second and Third Readings and were entered in the Statute Book, an all-time record for a Member of Knesset during a single Knesset term.