Gideon Sa’ar is married to Geula Even-Sa’ar. He is the father of Daniella, Alona, David and Shira. Gideon was born in Tel Aviv on the second day of Chanukah, on December 9th, 1966 and is the eldest son of Bruria, a teacher, and Shmuel, a paediatrician – who made Aliyah from Argentina.
Gideon served in the IDF as a combat soldier and as an intelligence NCO in the Golani Infantry Brigade. Following his military service, he completed a B.A. in Political Science cum laude and an LL.B. in law, both from Tel Aviv University. During his studies, Gideon worked as a political correspondent for the weekly magazine “Ha’olam Hazeh” (This World) as well as the Hadashot (News) daily newspaper. Gideon continued working as a reporter and was appointed as a legal affairs correspondent for the Channel 2, Television News Company.
Gideon interned for the Tel-Aviv District (Civil) State Attorney and after successfully passing the Bar and receiving his lawyer’s license, he worked as an assistant to the Attorney General of Israel, as an assistant to the State Attorney, and as a lawyer in the Tel Aviv District (civil) State Attorney’s Office until he set up his own law firm (with a partner) in 1999, following his service as Cabinet Secretary.
In January 1999, Gideon was appointed as Cabinet Secretary during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term. As a result of his success in this demanding role, in 2001 he was re-appointed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In 2003 Gideon was first elected to the Knesset on the Likud list and was elected to Chairman of the Likud Faction and Chairman of the Coalition. He continued to serve for six consecutive years as Chairman of the Likud Faction.
In the 17th Knesset Gideon served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and as Chairman of the Committee for the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and became the first man (and so far, the only man) to chair it. In addition to this, he led
During his time as an MK, Gideon was one of the most prominent legislators in the Knesset. Among his accomplishments were; the extension of paid maternity leave, a change in the way judges were chosen to the Supreme Court, and cemented in legislation the Abuse of Process doctrine in criminal law.
In 2008, Gideon won the Likud Primaries and was elected top of the Likud list for the Knesset after Prime Minister Netanyahu. Gideon then repeated this remarkable achievement four years later in 2012.
In 2009 he was appointed Minister of Education in PM Netanyahu’s second government, a position he served in for four years. In this role Gideon led significant reforms, including free education for children aged 3-4, the ground-breaking “Oz-LeTmura” reform agreement with high school teachers that led to a 51% average increase of pay for high school teachers, and the establishment of a new university in Ariel, Israel’s eighth university.
In addition to this, during this time Gideon served as a member of the Security Cabinet.
In 2013, Gideon was appointed Minister of the Interior and again led significant reforms, including the extension of daylight savings, responsibly handling the phenomenon of illegal immigrants and infiltrators, redrew municipal boundaries in the periphery to boost lower income towns, and a comprehensive reform to the Planning and Building Law.
In November 2014, after announcing that he was taking a break from public life Gideon resigned from his posts in the Knesset and the government.
From May 2015 to the end of 2016, Gideon served as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) publishing many papers and articles on national policy, strategy and security.
Currently Gideon is a graduate lecturer at Ono Academic College and serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the “Meitav” Educational Project.
In April 2017 Gideon announced an end to his hiatus and declared that he was returning to political life and public service.