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Aryeh Bahir ( , born Aryeh Geller on 1 May 1906, died 13 September 1970) was an Israelimarker politician who served a member of the Knessetmarker for Mapai, Rafi, the Labor Party and the Alignment.

Biography

Born in Odessamarker in the Russian Empiremarker (today Ukrainemarker), Bahir studied at the Hebrew Gynmasium and Polytechnic in his home city, and was a memebr of Hashomer Hatzair. He made aliyah to Mandate Palestine in 1924, and was one of the founders of kibbutz Afikimmarker in 1932. He was an activist for the HaKibbutz HaMeuhad movement, and also served on the board of directors of Solel Boneh construction company.

A leader of the Netzech faction of Hashomer Hatzair, Bahir later joined Mapai. He was elected to the first Knesset on Mapai's list in 1949. Although he lost his seat in the 1951 elections, he returned to the Knesset after the 1955 elections. He lost his seat again in 1959.

In 1965 he joined Ben-Gurion's new Rafi party, and was on its list for the elections that year. Although he missed out on a seat, he entered the Knesset on 20 February 1967 as a replacement for Yizhar Smiliansky. During his third term, Rafi merged into the Labor Party, which then became the Alignment. He lost his seat in the 1969 elections and died the following year.

References

  1. Knesset Members of the Sixth Knesset Knesset website


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