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 Saar was born in Tel Aviv. His mother was a teacher, and his father was a Pediatrician who immigrated to Israel from Argentina.
Saarserved in the IDF as a warrior and as an intelligence commander in the ‘Golani’ division. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Magna cum Laude BA in Political Science and also received a Bachelor of Law degree. During his time there, he served as a correspondent of political parties in the “Chadashot” Journal and afterward was a law reporter on Channel 2.
After completing his law license, he worked for the attorney general as an assistant, and as an assistant to the state attorney and as an attorney at the Tel Aviv district attorney’s office. He later owned a private law office in Tel Aviv.
On January 1999, he was appointed for the first time as Government Secretary in the first Netanyahu government. In 2001, he was re-appointed to the same position by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
In 2003, he was elected for the first time to the Knesset in the Likud party, where he served as chairman to the party, and to the coalition. He held the position of Chairman of the Likud faction for 6 consecutive years.
In the seventeenth Knesset, he served as Vice Chairman of the Knesset, and as Chairman of the Committee on the “Status of Women”, being the first and only man to hold this position. Saar was one of the most prominent legislators in the Knesset. Among his achievements was the prolongation of paid maternity leave, changing the Judge Election system to the Supreme Court, and anchoring the “Abuse of Process” doctrine in the Criminal Law legislation.
In the Likud primaries for Knesset in both 2008 and in 2012, he took first place in the Knesset representatives list.
In 2009, he was appointed as the Minister of Education, holding the position for 4 years. He led prominent reforms, such as free education for 3-4 year old children, the agreement of the “Oz Latmura” reform with high school teachers, and the establishment of the eighth University in Israel – “Ariel University.” During his position, Israeli students’ scores in international exams significantly increased.
During the same time period, he was a member of the Security Cabinet of Israel, including during the time of Operation Pillar of Defense against the Hamas organization, and during other army operations.
In 2013, he was appointed as the Minister of the Interior. During this time, he led significant reforms including the prolongation of Daylight Savings time, dealing with illegal immigration, the redistribution of borders and incomes of local municipal councils, and in planning and construction law, which was intended to simplify the construction process in Israel. During this time, he also served as the Chairman of the Ministers Committee for the interiors.
In 2004, Saar was presented with the Ufficiale, the Italian National Medal of Honor and in 2011 he was awarded The Presidential Commendatore, which was presented to him by Luigi Matiolo, the Ambassador of Italy to Israel. The title was bestowed upon Minister of Education, Gideon Saar in recognition of his significant contribution to strengthening the bilateral relationship between Israel and Italy.
On April 2012 he also received the Spanish honorary title of Orden del Merito Civil, a first-class honor bestowed by King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain for his contribution to the relations between Israel and Spain.
On November 2014, he resigned from his positions in the Knesset and in the government, after announcing he is taking a timeout from politics.
Upon his resign, Saar join the INSS (The Institute for National Security Studies) as a senior fellow and served there until December 2016. He also worked as a special counsel in GKH law firm. Saar was also a lecturer in different academic institutions.
On April 2017, Saar announced that he is coming back to public life and to the political arena.
On February 2019, he was re-elected to the top of the Likud representatives list for the 21th Knesset.
In the 21th Knesset Saar was a member in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Foreign Policy.
In the 22th Knesset he serves as a member in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.