Sheetrit, Meir (1948–)

views updated


Israeli politician. Born in Morocco in 1948, Meir Sheetrit migrated to Israel in 1957. He received a master's degree in political science from Bar-Ilan University. He was mayor of Yavneh from 1974 to 1987 and treasurer of the Jewish Agency from 1988 to 1992. First elected to the Knesset in 1981, he served on various committees, including the Finance Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. He became deputy speaker of the Knesset in 1996, then served as minister of finance from February 1999 to July 1999. He was appointed minister of justice in March 2001, and in February 2003 was appointed minister without portfolio.