- Yitzhak Levy
Date of birth = birth date|1947|06|06
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Year of Aliyah = 1957
Date of death =
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Knesset(s) = 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th
Party = National Union (for Ahi)
Former parties =
National Religious Party
Gov't roles = Minister of Transportation Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Minister of Religious Affairs Minister of Education Minister of Housing and Construction
Minister Without PortfolioMinister of Tourism
Yitzhak Levy ( _he. יצחק לוי, born
6 July 1947) is an Israeli rabbi and politician.
Levy was born in
Casablanca, Morocco, in 1947 and immigrated to Israel in 1957. He studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavnehand Yeshivat Hakotel, where he received rabbinical ordination. He served as an officer in the IDF, achieving the rank of major. He was a member of the Bnei AkivaExecutive and World Secretariat, and Secretary-General of the National Religious Movement from 1986 to 1995. He was the Rabbi of the Bnei Akiva Talmudic College in Kfar Maimonand was among the initiators of the establishment of the Jewish quarterin Jerusalem, and one of the founders of the Israeli settlementof Elon Morehin the West Bank.Cite web
title = Yitzhak Levy
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date = 2003-03-31
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He was elected to the
Knessetin 1988 for the National Religious Party. He was a member of the House Committee from 1988 to 1996 and the Labor and Social Welfare Committee from 1988 to 1992. He was also chairman the Ethics Committee and the children welfare lobby, as well as the Israel- ArgentinaParliamentary Friendship League. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Committee on Constitution, Law and Justice.
In June 1996 he was appointed Minister of Transportation by Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. In February 1998, after the death of Zevulun Hammer, he became the leader of the NRP and served as Minister of Education until July 1999. He also served as Minister of Religious Affairs, a position he held in rotation.
In July 1999 he was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction. Following his appointment, he resigned from the Knesset in order to allow the next person on the NRP list,
Nahum Langenthal, to enter the Knesset. In July 2000, following the Camp David Summit, he resigned from the government.Cite news
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In April 2002, during
Operation Defensive Shield, he resigned as leader of the NRP to make way for Effi Eitam, and was made Minister without Portfolio. From September 2002 until February 2003 he served as Minister of Tourism. In March 2003 he was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. However, in June 2004 he and Eitam resigned in protest against the disengagement plan. He and Eitam subsequently left the NRP and founded a new religious-Zionist party, Ahi, which joined the National Union alliance.
He is married and has five children. He lives in Kfar Maimon.
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