Yosef Sapir

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Yosef Sapir
Yosef Sapir 1946.jpg
Date of birth 27 January 1902
Place of birth Jaffa, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 26 February 1972(1972-02-26) (aged 70)
Knessets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1961 General Zionists
1961–1965 Liberal Party
1965–1972 Gahal
Ministerial roles
1952–1953 Minister of Health
1953–1955 Minister of Transportation
1967–1969 Minister without Portfolio
1969–1970 Minister of Trade and Industry

Yosef Sapir (Hebrew: יוסף ספיר‎; January 27, 1902 – February 26, 1972) was an Israeli politician and Knesset member of the 1st to 7th Knessets. He served as head of the General Zionists and was a founding member of the Gahal party.

Sapir was born in Jaffa in 1902, during Ottoman period. Between 1940 and 1951, he served as the mayor of Petah Tikva, where a major street (part of Road 481) has been named after him. Shortly after his tenure, Sapir joined the national government at the end of 1952 as the Health Minister and went on to become the Minister of Transportation in 1953 until 1955.

In Levi Eshkol's emergency government formed on the eve of the Six-Day War, Sapir served as a Minister without Portfolio and assumed the post of Minister of Trade and Industry in Golda Meir's government, until Gahal left the coalition on 6 August 1970.

Karmei Yosef, a communal settlement founded in 1984 between Ramle and Beit Shemesh, was named in his honor.

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