Porat, Hanan (1943–)

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PORAT, HANAN (1943–)

Israeli rabbi and politician. Hanan Porat was born in K'far Pines in Mandatory Palestine in 1943. Elected to the Knesset in 1981, he served until 1999 as a member of the National Religious Party and ha-Tehiyah. A proponent of the Greater Land of Israel, he became prominent in the settlement movement. Porat founded a yeshiva on the site of Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, which became the locus of clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli Defense Forces during the al-Aqsa Intifada beginning in October 2000.

SEE ALSO Ha-Tehiyah;National Religious Party.