Roni Milo

Roni Milo


Date of birth = Birth date and age|1949|11|26|df=y
Place of birth = Tel Aviv, Israel
Year of Aliyah =
Date of death =
Place of death =
Knesset(s) = 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th
Party = Likud
Former parties = Centre Party, Lev
Gov't roles = Minister of the Environment
Minister of Labour & Social Welfare
Minister of Police
Minister of Health
Minister of Regional Co-operation

Roni Milo ( _he. רוני מילוא, born 26 November 1949) is an Israeli politician, lawyer and journalist, and a former who held several ministerial positions. He was also mayor of Tel Aviv from 1993 to 1998.

Political career

Milo started his political activity during his student days, when he was Chairman of the Israeli Student Union. After graduating from Tel Aviv University with a law degree, he moved into politics with the Herut faction of Likud, and was Chairman of the party's Information Department. Elected to the ninth Knesset in 1977 as a Likud MK, Milo was the country's first ever Minister of the Environment in Yitzhak Shamir's government in 1988, before becoming Minister of Labor and Social Welfare in 1990, though he switched to Minister of Police in a cabinet resuffle later in the year. He also became Chairman of the World Likud Organisation, and was editor of the "Yoman HaShavua" (lit. "Diary of the Week") weekly publication.

In 1993 Milo was elected Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and resigned from the Knesset on 30 December 1993 to concentrate on his mayoral duties.

Following the end of his spell as mayor, Milo returned to the Knesset after the 1999 elections as a member of the Centre Party, and was made Minister of Health in Ehud Barak's government in 2000. After Ariel Sharon won special elections for Prime Minister in 2001, Milo was made Minister of Regional Cooperation in the new government. He left the Centre Party with Yehiel Lasry to form Lev, which joined Likud after just a few minutes in existence. However, he lost his seat in the 2003 elections.

Arms dealer

Milo became an international weapons dealer; as a representative of Elbit Systems he sold Israeli-built spy drones to Georgia prior to the 2008 Russian-Georgian war using grants from the USA.cite web | url= | title=Israel of the Caucasus? | author=Arnaud de Borchgrave | journal=Washington Times | date=09-04-2008]


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