Rabin-Pelosoff, Dalia (1950–)
RABIN-PELOSOFF, DALIA (1950–)
Daughter of the former prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, born in 1950. A lawyer by training, Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff performed her military service in an elite unit of the IDF. In March, 1999, she joined the ranks of the Center Party, created by Yitzhak Mordechai, former defense minister, who had resigned from the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, then head of Likud. As a result of the Knesset elections of the following May, which saw the victory of the Laborite, Ehud Barak, she was elected M.K.. A few weeks later, she became deputy speaker of the Knesset. At the beginning of 2001, Rabin-Pelosoff resigned from the Center Party, to create her own group, the New Way. On the following 7 March, she became deputy defense minister in the government of the leader of Likud, Ariel Sharon. This was the first time a woman had occupied this post.