Yoram Aridor


Yoram Aridor

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Knesset(s) = 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Party = Likud
Former parties = Gahal
Gov't roles = Minister of Finance
Minister of Communications

Yoram Aridor ( _he. יורם ארידור, born 24 October 1933) is a former right-wing Israeli politician, Knesset member and minister.

Aridor studied law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and practiced law while being active in the Herut movement. He was first elected a Knesset member in 1969 as a member of Gahal, a merger of Herut and the Liberal Party. Following the 1977 elections he became a deputy minister in Menachem Begin's government.

Aridor's first ministerial appointment was the Minister of Communications, in 1981. In this position, Aridor immediately restored television color broadcasting. [cite web
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] In the 1970s, color bursts (the signals encoding colors) were actively removed from IBA transmissions, in an attempt to discourage the population from buying new television sets. [cite news
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] Aridor's action led to an increase of his popularity, and boosted his political career.

Only two weeks later he was appointed the Minister of Finance, [cite news
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] and again took a populist approach, lowering taxes on automobiles and household appliances. [cite news
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] As such, his days as finance minister were called the "Merry Aridor Days". The lowering of inflation in Israel during his first years in office is attributed in part to this policy, leading to an increase in government's income from taxes. In subsequent years however, the inflation rose sharply (from 102% in 1981 to 191% in 1983), and as a countermeasure Aridor proposed to peg the Israeli shekel to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate. He resigned his position on October 15, 1983 due to widespread criticism of his "dollarization plan". [cite news
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Between 1990 and 1992, Aridor served as the Israeli Ambassador to the UN. [cite news
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] In 2002, he was appointed to the board of directors of Bezeq, by then Minister of Communications Reuven Rivlin. [cite web|url=http://www.bezeq.co.il/Cultures/he-IL/Bezeq/about/News_bezeq/newsbezeq2002/july-sep2002/Page15.htm|title=Yoram Aridor and Galit Bar'on are Appointed to the Bezeq Board of Directors|date=2002-08-13|language=Hebrew|accessdate=2007-06-23] In February 2004, Aridor was appointed chairman of a commission examining state assistance to public institutions, created by the Ministerial Committee on State Audit Affairs. [cite news
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