Pioneer of Israel’s settler movement dies
Hanan Porat, a former Israeli parliamentarian who was a driving force behind the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank, died of cancer on Tuesday, his family said. He was 67.
Born in 1943 in British Mandate Palestine, he was raised on a kibbutz built by Holocaust survivors near the West Bank town of Bethlehem which was later destroyed during the war that accompanied Israel’s establishment in 1948.
After the 1967 Six Day War, in which Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, Porat helped found Gush Emunim, an ideological movement which has championed the establishment of Jewish settlements in the West Bank since 1974.
Porat became an MP in 1981 and represented various national-religious parties for the next 19 years.
An ordained rabbi, he was also an educator and a lecturer.