Elias Nakhleh

Elias Nakhleh (Arabic: إلياس نخلة, Hebrew: אליאס נח'לה; 1913 – 6 September 1990) was an Israeli Arab politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1959 and 1974.

Elias Nakhleh
Elias Nakhleh, 1969. D711-052.jpg
Faction represented in the Knesset
1959–1966Progress and Development
1966–1967Cooperation and Development
1967–1968Progress and Development
1968–1969Jewish-Arab Brotherhood
1969–1974Cooperation and Brotherhood
Personal details
Rameh, Ottoman Empire
Died6 September 1990


Born in Rameh during the Ottoman era, Nakleh joined the British Army and served in Lebanon, returning to Israel in 1948.

A member of Rameh's local council, he ran in the 1955 Knesset elections in second place on the Arab List.[1] However, the list received only 0.5% of the vote and failed to win a seat. However, he was elected to the Knesset in 1959 after being placed second on the Progress and Development list,[2] and was re-elected in 1961 and 1965. In 1966 the party merged with Cooperation and Brotherhood to form Cooperation and Development, but split the following year. In 1968 Nakhleh formed a single-member faction, Jewish-Arab Brotherhood, which he remained a member of until the 1969 elections. In the elections he was returned to the Knesset in second place on the Cooperation and Brotherhood list,[3] and was appointed Deputy Speaker. He lost his seat in the 1973 elections, in which the party failed to cross the electoral threshold.

In 1990 he received the Presidential Medal for his tireless efforts at resolving conflicts and promoting tolerance. He died the same year.


  1. ^ Arab List Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Israel Democracy Institute
  2. ^ Progress and Development Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine Israel Democracy Institute
  3. ^ Cooperation and Brotherhood Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Israel Democracy Institute

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