Pinchas Goldstein

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Pinchas Goldstein
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Date of birth26 August 1939
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Date of death14 August 2007(2007-08-14) (aged 67)
Place of death Kfar Saba, Israel
Knessets 10, 11, 12
Faction represented in Knesset
1981–1990 Likud
1990–1992 New Liberal Party

Pinchas Goldstein (Hebrew : פנחס גולדשטיין, born 26 August 1939, died 14 August 2007) was an Israeli politician, who served as a member of the Knesset for Likud and the New Liberal Party between 1981 and 1992, and as Deputy Minister of Communications and Deputy Minister of Education and Culture during the early 1990s.

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Born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era, Goldstein graduated from the Haifa military school of command, a boarding school, and went on to study law at the Tel Aviv branch of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, but did not graduate. He was a member of the board of directors of Israel Electric Corporation from 1978 to 1981, and a member of the Executive of World Zionist Organization from 1978 to 1982.

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Israel Electric Corporation

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Originally a member of the Liberal Party, he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list (an alliance of Herut, the Liberal Party and other right-wing factions) in 1981. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1988. On 15 March 1990, Goldstein and four other Likud MKs left the party to establish the Party for the Advancement of the Zionist Idea, which was later renamed the New Liberal Party. [1] This was part of what became known as the dirty trick, with Shimon Peres attempting to form a new government without Likud. Although Peres failed, the new faction joined a Likud-led government and Goldstein was appointed as Deputy Minister of Communications, and later Deputy Minister of Education and Culture.

The Israeli Liberal Party was a political party in Israel and is one of the ancestors of the modern-day Likud. The party was created by a merger between the centrist Progressive Party and the General Zionists, forming a right-leaning, middle-class-based party. The Progressives soon seceded to form the Independent Liberals in 1964.

Herut former right-wing political party in Israel

Herut was the major right-wing nationalist political party in Israel from 1948 until its formal merger into Likud in 1988. It was an adherent of Revisionist Zionism, and was initially known in part for its militia actions; it became more moderate from 1951.

Knesset elections were held in Israel on 30 June 1981. The ruling Likud won one more seat than the opposition Alignment, a surprise result as opinion polls and political momentum initially suggested that the Alignment would win roughly half of the votes while the Likud would only get twenty percent. Voter turnout was 78.5%, with Likud receiving around ten thousand more than the Alignment. This elections highlighted the polarization in the country.

The New Liberal Party failed to cross the electoral threshold in the 1992 elections and Goldstein lost his seat.

The electoral threshold is the minimum share of the primary vote which a candidate or political party requires to achieve before they become entitled to any representation in a legislature. This limit can operate in various ways. For example, in party-list proportional representation systems an election threshold requires that a party must receive a specified minimum percentage of votes, either nationally or in a particular electoral district, to obtain any seats in the legislature. In multi-member constituencies using preferential voting, besides the electoral threshold, to be awarded a seat, a candidate is also required to achieve a quota, either on the primary vote or after distribution of preferences, which depends on the number of members to be return from a constituency.

Elections for the 13th Knesset were held in Israel on 23 June 1992. The election resulted in the formation of a Labor government, led by Yitzhak Rabin, helped by the failure of several small right wing parties to pass the electoral threshold. Voter turnout was 77.4%.

He died of cancer on 14 August 2007 at the age of 67. He was survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.

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