Roni Milo

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Roni Milo
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Date of birth (1938-11-26) 26 November 1938 (age 85)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1977–1993 Likud
1999–2002 Centre Party
2002 Lev
2002–2003 Likud
Ministerial roles
1988–1990 Minister of the Environment
1990 Minister of Labour & Social Welfare
1990–1992 Minister of Police
2000–2001 Minister of Health
2001–2003 Minister of Regional Co-operation

Roni Milo (Hebrew: רוני מילוא‎, born 26 November 1938 as Ron Milikovsky) is an Israeli politician, lawyer and journalist, and a former Knesset member who held several ministerial positions. He was also mayor of Tel Aviv from 1993 to 1998.

Political career

Milo started his political activity during his student days, when he was Chairman of the Israeli Student Union, he moved into politics with the Herut faction of Likud, and was Chairman of the party's Information Department. Elected to the ninth Knesset in 1977 as a Likud MK, Milo was the country's first ever Minister of the Environment in Yitzhak Shamir's government in 1988, before becoming Minister of Labor and Social Welfare in 1990, though he switched to Minister of Police in a cabinet reshuffle later in the year. He also became Chairman of the World Likud Organisation, and was editor of the Yoman HaShavua (lit. Diary of the Week) weekly publication.

In 1992 Milo was elected Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and resigned from the Knesset on 30 December 1993 to concentrate on his mayoral duties.

Following the end of his spell as mayor, Milo returned to the Knesset after the 1999 elections as a member of the Centre Party, and was made Minister of Health in Ehud Barak's government in 2000. After Ariel Sharon won special elections for Prime Minister in 2001, Milo was made Minister of Regional Co-operation in the new government. He left the Centre Party with Yehiel Lasry to form Lev, which joined Likud after just a few minutes in existence. After only being placed 47th on the Likud list,[1] he lost his seat in the 2003 elections.

Professional career

Working as a representative of Elbit Systems, Milo sold Israeli-built spy drones to Georgia in 2001. The sale was facilitated by USA grants.[2]


  1. Police probe Likud members about alleged corruption in primary race The Jerusalem Post, 17 December 2002
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