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Dan Naveh

Dan Naveh
Date of birth (1960-06-21) 21 June 1960
Place of birth Bnei Brak, Israel
Knessets 15, 16, 17
Faction represented in Knesset
1999–2009 Likud
Ministerial roles
2001–2003 Minister without Portfolio
2003–2006 Minister of Health

Dan Naveh (Hebrew: דן נוה‎, born June 21, 1960) is a former member of the Israeli Knesset for the Likud party, and a former minister in the Israeli government. He is the founder and the managing general partner of Agate Medical Investments and the chairman of Clal insurance.


  • Early career 1
  • Activity in the Knesset and government 2
  • Published works 3
  • External links 4

Early career

Born Dan Mannheim in Bnei Brak, Naveh attended the Nativ Meir yeshiva run by Bnei Akiva. In 1985 he graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an LLB, and was certified as a lawyer in 1986. He was an adviser to Minister Moshe Arens (1986–1992) when Arens was a Minister without Portfolio (1986–1987), the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1988–1990), and Minister of Defense (1990–1992). Shortly afterwards he was appointed as editor of foreign news in the Haaretz newspaper.

Naveh was Israel's Cabinet Secretary in the years 1996–1999. In those years he was the chairman of the Israeli Steering Committee for the negotiations with the Palestinians, and played a central role in the Wye River Memorandum and the Hebron Protocol.

Activity in the Knesset and government

Dan Naveh was a Member of Knesset for the Likud party for three terms (15th, 16 and 17 Knessets), totaling 8 years. Of them, he was a government minister for five years (2001–2006). As a Member of Knesset he served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and Committee on the Rights of Children. Among other things, he also headed the Parliamentary Lobby for the Israeli MIAs.

In 2001, during his first term in the Knesset, Naveh was appointed by Ariel Sharon as a minister in the Prime Minister's office, in which capacity he acted as liaison with the Knesset. In Sharon's second government formed in 2003, he was appointed as Health Minister. He led the national health system's post-recession turnaround, and stabilized the system during one of its deepest and most severe crises. As part of the stabilizing plan he enlarged the budget and the number of drugs and medical technologies included in the national "health basket" and prevented the closure of several major hospitals. He implemented several advanced health care reforms and acts that made the system more efficient and better serving for the elderly and the entire patient population. One of the reforms that was implemented is the Over-the-Counter Drug Act, and the legislation supporting healthcare research and development in the Israeli medical centers.

Naveh resigned from the government on January 14, 2006, along with the rest of his faction. On February 25, 2007 he tended in his resignation from the Knesset, after eight years of service. After he resigned, he established and has been leading a medical investment fund called Agate Medical Investments. The fund invests mainly in companies that develop and produce medical devices, and in health care services projects around the world.

Naveh was appointed in June 2013, as the Chairman of the board of directors of Clal insurance, one of the top three insurance and financial assets management firms in Israel

Naveh is married to Tsili and is a father of three.

Published works

  • Dan Naveh, Government Secrets, Yediot Aharonot publishing (Hebrew)

External links

  • Dan Naveh on the Knesset website
  • Investment fund site, headed by Naveh
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