Uzi Landau

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Uzi Landau
Uzi Landau 001.jpg
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
2009–2015 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
2013–2015 Minister of Tourism

Uzi Landau (Hebrew: עוזי לנדאו‎, born 2 August 1943) is an Israeli politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for Likud between 1984 and 2006, and for Yisrael Beiteinu between 2009 and 2015. He also held several ministerial posts, including Minister of Internal Security, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of National Infrastructure and Minister of Tourism.

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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.

In 1984 he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list, and during his first term he chaired the Subcommittee for Soviet Jewry. He retained his seat in the 1988 elections, after which he became chair of the Subcommittee for the Defense budget. Re-elected in 1992, 1996 and 1999, 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 elections, 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. He was placed fourteenth on the Likud list for the 2006 elections, but lost his seat as 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 the 12 October 2011 Landau was one of only three cabinet ministers 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] He was re-elected in the 2013 elections, after which he was appointed Minister of Tourism.

In December 2014 he announced that he was retiring from politics, and would not contest the 2015 elections.[4]

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