Ifat Kariv is a first-term Member of Knesset, representing the Yesh Atid party. She is a member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense, Internal Affairs and House Committees. Kariv serves as the chair of a number of Knesset caucuses including for Holocaust survivors, the advancement of young people, empowering youth in local governance and Parents and Parenting.
During her short time in the Knesset, Kariv drafted and oversaw the passing of two groundbreaking laws. A first of its kind in the world, Kariv drafted a new law making the distribution of sexually explicit material on the internet and social media without the subject’s knowledge and consent a sexual felony. She also oversaw a new bill to encourage more equal representation of women on local councils by providing additional campaign funding to parties that include at least a third women on their campaign list. In recent weeks, Kariv has led the effort to halt international funding of weapons transfers to terror organizations.
Kariv is a veteran social activist and entrepreneur. She founded ELEM’s mobile outreach project for at-risk youth and developed the JDC’s Youth Center initiative, a nationwide program for youth empowerment that reaches over 10,000 youth. Prior to joining Yesh Atid, Kariv served as a member of the Hod Hasharon City Council and as director of the youth department of the Ministry for the development of the Negev and Galil, the first department of its kind in the Israeli government.
Ifat is married, has four children and lives in Hod Hasharon.
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