Jewish Journal


October 4, 2011

Former Israeli lawmaker Hanan Porat dies


Hanan Porat. Photo by Lior Golgher

Hanan Porat. Photo by Lior Golgher

Hanan Porat, a former Israeli lawmaker and a leader of the Modern Orthodox movement, has died.

Porat died Tuesday at his home in Kfar Etzion following a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

He was a founder of Gush Emunim, which is committed to building West Bank settlements, and of the Tehiya Party.

Porat was a member of Knesset twice, from 1981 to 1984 from the Tehiya Party, and from 1988 to 1999 with the National Religious Party.

He taught in several Modern Orthodox yeshivas, including Yeshivat Har Etzion, Yeshivat Hakibbutz Hadati in Ein Tzurim, and the Beit Orot yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Porat took part in the liberation of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967 and fought in the Suez Canal in the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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