|3rd Mayor of Ramat Gan|
|Preceded by||Yisrael Peled|
|Succeeded by||Zvi Bar|
January 6, 1934|
|Died||October 18, 2011
Ramat Gan, Israel
Amit was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1934. At the age of five, his family immigrated to Mandatory Palestine. As a child he came to Ramat Gan, where relatives had lived since 1927. However, after a short time the family returned to Iraq, where their house was used as a centre for the HeHalutz Zionist movement.
Amit returned to now-independent Israel in 1949 at age 16. He attended school in the Ben Shemen Youth Village and later moved to kibbutz Yagur. After his military service in the Israel Air Force, Amit began working in development projects in the Negev and joined the Mapai party, which later merged into the Labor Party.
In 1983 he ran successfully for mayor of Ramat Gan against incumbent Yisrael Peled and beat him to become the first Labor Party mayor of the city. During his term as mayor he closed polluting factories, preparing the infrastructure development in the Diamond Exchange District, improved infrastructure, increased the size of gardens in the city and opened the Museum of Israeli Art. Improving the tax collection rate in the city led to a substantial budget surplus.
- "מקומי - עוד במרכז nrg - ..."אורי עמית לא זכה לכבוד הראוי". Nrg.co.il. 2011-10-30. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
|Mayor of Ramat Gan