(, born 24 October 1933) is an Israeli
former politician, who served as a member of the Knesset
from 1969 until 1988, as well as holding two ministerial posts.
Born in Tel Aviv
, Aridor studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
, and practiced law while being active in the Herut
movement. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1969
as a member of Gahal
, an alliance of Herut and the Liberal Party
. Following the 1977 elections
he became a deputy minister in Menachem Begin
Aridor's first ministerial appointment was the Minister of Communications
, in 1981. In this position, Aridor immediately restored television color broadcasting. Aridor's action led to an increase of his popularity, and boosted his political career.
Two weeks later he was appointed the Minister of Finance
, As such, his days as finance minister were called the "Merry Aridor Days"
. The lowering of inflation in Israel during his first years in office is attributed in part to this policy, leading to an increase in government's income from taxes. In subsequent years however, the inflation rose sharply... Read More