Yitzhak Aharonovich

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Yitzhak Aharonovich
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Date of birth (1950-08-22) 22 August 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 17, 18, 19
Party represented in Knesset
2006– Yisrael Beiteinu
Ministerial roles
2007–2008 Minister of Tourism
2009– Minister of Internal Security

Yitzhak Aharonovich (Hebrew: יצחק אהרונוביץ'‎, born 22 August 1950) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu, and as the country's Minister of Internal Security.


Born in Jerusalem on 22 August 1950, Aharonovich studied history at the University of Haifa. In the 1980s, he headed the northern command of the Israel Border Police and led rescue operations during the two Tyre catastrophes.[1] From 2002 to 2004 he was deputy Police Commissioner, before serving as director general of the Dan Bus Company from 2004 to 2005.

In 2006, he was elected to the Knesset on Yisrael Beiteinu's list. In March 2007, he was appointed Minister of Tourism, but his tenure ended in January 2008 when the party left the coalition. He retained his seat in the 2009 elections, for which he was placed fourth on the party's list. Upon the formation of the Netanyahu government on 31 March 2009, he was appointed Minister of Public Security.[2] On 16 June 2009, Aharonovich told an undercover police detective, who apologized for being untidy while meeting the minister in Tel Aviv's central bus station, that he looked as dirty as an “Araboosh” a Hebrew slur roughly meaning “little Arab”. He was denounced by several members of the Knesset as a racist following that, and he subsequently apologized.[3]

Aharonovich was praised for his actions during the Mount Carmel forest fire.[1]


  1. ^ a b Verter, Yossi (10 December 2010). "We're All (Not) to Blame". Haaretz. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Netanyahu Sworn in as Israel's Prime Minister". Haaretz. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Goren, Yuval (16 June 2009). "Public Security Minister Calls Cop 'Dirty Arab'". Haaretz. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 

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