Moshe Nissim

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Moshe Nissim
File:Moshe Nissim Portrait 2007.JPG
Date of birth 10 April 1935
Place of birth Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Faction represented in Knesset
1959–1961 General Zionists
1961 Liberal Party
1969–1974 Gahal
1974–1996 Likud
Ministerial roles
1978–1980 Minister without Portfolio
1980–1986 Minister of Justice
1986–1988 Minister of Finance
1988–1990 Minister without Portfolio
1990–1992 Minister of Industry and Trade
1990–1992 Deputy Prime Minister

Moshe Nissim (Hebrew: משה נסים‎, born 10 April 1935) is a former Israeli politician, minister and Deputy Prime Minister.


Born in Mandatory Palestine, Nissim studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining an MA. He was an Officer of Justice in the IDF during his national service, and went on to work as an attorney. He is the son of Rabbi Isaac Nissim, who served as Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1955 to 1973. Moshe Nissim currently practices law at Moshe Nissim, Rinkov, Senderovitch, Advocates, in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Political career

Nissim was first elected to the Knesset in 1959 as a member of the General Zionists. However, he lost his seat in the 1961 elections, and did not reappear in the Knesset until 1969, when he was elected on the list of Gahal (a merger of Herut, the General Zionists and the Progressive Party). In 1973 Gahal became Likud, with Nissim serving as the party's parliamentary chairman between 1973 and 1977.

Following Likud's victory in the 1977 election, Nissim was appointed Minister without Portfolio in Menachem Begin's government in January 1978. He became Minister of Justice in August 1980, a role he retained until April 1986 when he became Minister of Finance.

Following the 1988 elections he reverted to being a Minister without Portfolio, before being appointed Minister of Industry and Trade in March 1990. In June 1990 he was also made Deputy Prime Minister.

He lost his place in the cabinet after Likud lost the 1992 elections, and left the Knesset in 1996.

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