Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has extended the term of Dr. Miriam Haran as chair of the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee, which plays a major role in overseeing operations in Israel’s two nuclear reactors.
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Haran is Netanyahu's ex-wife.
As the reactor in Dimona approaches its 60th year, safety issues are featuring prominently in the work of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, giving the advisory committee a particularly important status. The latter is an independent body that supervises the work conducted at the reactors. Its members have the right to make surprise visits there and to initiate research on various safety-related issues.
Haran has a doctorate in organic chemistry and served in numerous senior positions in the Environmental Protection Ministry, including as its director general under the late Yehudit Naot, who served as minister from February 2003 to October 2004. Since leaving that position Haran has served as an external director on the board of Israel Chemicals.
Considered a top-notch professional and an expert in the workings of the reactors, Haran was initially appointed by Netanyahu in 2013 to serve on the safety panel; she will continue in that post for another three years. Haran was married to Netanyahu in the 1970s and they have a daughter, Noa.