Israeli Minister of Energy
Yesh Atid party
Karine Elharrar is the first female Israeli minister of energy. She holds an LLB from the College of Management Law School, where she graduated at the age of 23, and an LLM from the American University Washington College of Law. As an attorney she has practiced law in private firms in Israel, and during her stay in the United States she worked with two leading American organizations that deal with the rights of people with disabilities (The AAPD and the MDRI). After returning to Israel, Elharrar started working at the legal clinic for people with disabilities at the Bar-Ilan University, and opened two new clinics, including the clinic for the elderly and holocaust survivors which she managed for five years.
In 2012 she joined as a founding member to the new “Yesh Atid” party, and after the elections of 2013 she became a Knesset member for the first time. As a member of the Knesset, Minister Karine Elharrar dedicated a lot of her time and efforts to protecting the rights and increasing the integration of people with disabilities in the Israeli society, actively promoted legislation protecting children’s rights, including foster kids and families, victims of physical and sexual violence, and more.
In June 2015 she was appointed as chairwoman of State Control Committee in the Knesset. In the committee she headed discussions in various issues, including the Gas Framework, Jews of Ethiopian origin, public housing, integrating people with disabilities in the work force, the defense budget and much more. In 2021 she was nominated as the first female minister of energy.