Michael Kleiner

Michael Kleiner (Hebrew: מיכאל קליינר‎; born 4 April 1948) is an Israeli politician and leader of Herut – The National Movement.[1]

Michael Kleiner
Date of birth (1948-04-04) 4 April 1948 (age 71)
Place of birthMunich, Germany
Year of aliyah1951
Knessets10, 12, 14, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1999Herut – The National Movement
1999–2000National Union
2000–2003Herut – The National Movement


Michael Kleiner was born in Munich, Germany, and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1951. In July 2013, he was elected President of the Supreme Court of Netanyahu's Likud party.[2] The Court is the party's highest judicial body in all matters pertaining to its constitution, and party members and divisions are subject to its decisions.

Kleiner first entered the Knesset in 1982 as a Likud parliamentarian, but, upon then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's relinquishing of Hebron to the Palestinian Authority, Kleiner split off from the Likud, along with Benny Begin (Menachem Begin's son) and David Re'em, to establish Herut – The National Movement, based on the original Herut. The three enjoyed the political support of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and long-time Revisionist author and original Herut Knesset member Shmuel Katz, which greatly legitimized their use of the name Herut. They initially ran for the 15th Knesset as part of the National Union block, together with Tkuma and Moledet, but after a poor electoral showing of only four seats, Begin resigned from politics, and Kleiner assumed the party's leadership. Eventually breaking off from the National Union, Kleiner and Herut failed to be re-elected in the 2003 election.

Michael Kleiner is known for his uncompromising views on retaining territory reclaimed in the 1967 Six-Day War. Kleiner's Jewish nationalism stems from the teachings of Zev Jabotinsky.

Kleiner has consistently acted to thwart the Israeli government's destruction of Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, although he has failed to garner the policial support of most religious Israeli settlers. He has not been a member of the 16th or 17th Knessets because his party did not meet the minimum vote requirement.

Since 2012, he is a member of the board of directors of the Ghetto Fighters House. He is also a chairman of the board of directors of the building company "Aura Israel".


  1. ^ Thiel, Markus (2009-10-20). The 'Militant Democracy' Principle in Modern Democracies. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 202–. ISBN 9780754671831. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  2. ^ Likud court head vows to put law above ideology. Jerusalem Post 07/03/2013

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