Uzi Landau

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Uzi Landau
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Date of birth (1943-08-02) 2 August 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
1984–2006 Likud
2009– Yisrael Beiteinu
Ministerial roles
2001–2003 Minister of Internal Security
2003–2004 Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
2009–2013 Minister of National Infrastructure
2013– Minister of Tourism

Uzi Landau (Hebrew: עוזי לנדאו‎, born 2 August 1943) is an Israeli politician, member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu and Minister of Tourism. Previously a Likud MK, he served as Minister of Internal Security between 2001 and 2003.


Uzi Landau was born in Haifa during the Mandate era. He served in the Paratroopers Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, and reached the rank of Major. He gained a BSc and MSc from the Technion in mathematics, and a PhD in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked as a systems analyst.

Political career[edit]

In 1984 he was elected to the Knesset, representing the Likud party. He chaired the subcommittee for Soviet Jewry. He retained his seat in the 1988 election and chaired the subcommittee for the defense budget during the 12th Knesset's term. Re-elected in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003, he served as chair of the foreign affairs and defense committee from 1996 until 1999, when he became chairman of the State Control Committee.

In 2001, he was appointed Minister of Internal Security by Ariel Sharon and retained his place in the cabinet after the 2003 election, when he was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. He resigned his post in October 2004 due to his objections to the disengagement plan.

Landau lost his seat in the 2006 election; he was fourteenth on the party's list but Likud won only 12 seats.

In 2008 he announced that he was joining Yisrael Beiteinu.[1] He was placed second on the party's list for the 2009 elections, and was returned to the Knesset as the party won 15 seats. After Yisrael Beiteinu joined the Likud-led coalition, Landau was appointed Minister of National Infrastructure.[2]

On June 5, 2011 Landau spoke at the inauguration of Ketura Sun, Israel's first commercial solar field built by Arava Power Company, located at Kibbutz Ketura.

On the 12th of October 2011 Landau was one of only three cabinet minsters to vote against the proposed swap of 1027 Palestinian prisoners for Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He called the deal a 'great victory for terrorism' [3]


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