Ya'akov Ben-Yezri

Ya'akov Ben-Yezri
Date of birth (1927-01-01) 1 January 1927
Place of birth Fes, Morocco
Year of aliyah 1949
Knessets 17
Faction represented in Knesset
2006–2009 Gil
Ministerial roles
2006–2009 Minister of Health

Ya'akov Ben-Yezri (Hebrew: יעקב בן-יזרי, born 1 January 1927) is an Israeli politician. He served as a Knesset member on behalf of Gil and as the country's Minister of Health between 2006 and 2009.


Ben-Yezri was born in Fes in Morocco, and made aliyah to Israel on 30 November 1949. In 1955 he was elected to Pardes Hana local council, serving until 1963. In 1958 he became a clerk at Clalit health services, a job he worked in until 1993. He also served as a regional director for the company between 1974 and 1993. He is also a former national chairman of the Health Funds' Workers Organization and chairman of the Health Funds' Pensioners Organization.

He was voted into the 17th Knesset in the 2006 elections, and was subsequently appointed Minister of Health in Ehud Olmert's government. Ben-Yezri, a confessed smoker, later caused controversy when he lit up whilst being interviewed on television.[1]

He was placed fourth on the Gil list for the 2009 elections, but the party failed to cross the electoral threshold, and he lost his seat.


  1. Ben-Yizri lights up on TV Tobacco News, 8 May 2006
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