Uriel Reichman

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Uriel Reichman (born Tel Aviv, 4 July 1942 [1]) is an Israeli professor of law and former politician. He founded the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a private college with strong connections with the military and intelligence in Israel.

Reichman was born in Tel Aviv on July 4, 1942, to German Jews who had fled the Nazis. He served as a paratrooper in the early 1960s,. He studied law at Hebrew University, and got a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1975 and by 1985 was dean of the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University.[2]

Reichman was a founder of the Shinui party, and was chosen to head its presidium in May 2004. He left in late 2005 to join Ariel Sharon's Kadima party as its candidate for Education Minister.[3] He resigned from the Knesset in April 2006 after Sharon's successor Ehud Olmert gave the education portfolio to the Labor Party.[4]

In 2008, Reichman told Haaretz:

Nor do I think there is a problem of big capital and government here, only of government that is greedy for big capital. The Israeli owners of capital whom I know personally - Arison, Ofer, Wertheimer, Dankner, Teshuva, Strauss and others - are people who have the good of the country at heart. They contribute both by their initiatives and by their philanthropy. It is not right to incite against them.
"What is of great concern to me, however, is that our governing system is not functioning. It is incapable of meeting the challenges of a modern state.[5]



External resources


  1. The Knesset Website, Knesset Member, Uriel Reichman, accessed 7 August 2009
  2. Haviv Rettig Gur, IDC founder and head Prof. Uriel Reichman says his center will prove to be Israel's panacea, Jerusalem Post, 11 June 2007.
  3. Lily Galili and Assaf Carmel,Shinui looking to founder Reichman and Yaakov Kedmi, Haaretz, 22 January 2006.
  4. Mazal Muelem, Reichman leaves Kadima and politics; 'Olmert broke promise Sharon made', Haaretz, 24 April 2006.
  5. Ari Shavit, 'A heavy cloud hangs over us all', Haaretz, 15 May 2008.
  6. Annual Report 2004, Reut Institute,28 May 2012