Rafael Edri

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Rafael Edri
Date of birth (1937-09-10) 10 September 1937 (age 79)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Year of aliyah 1956
Knessets 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Faction represented in Knesset
1981–1991 Alignment
1991–1999 Labor Party
Ministerial roles
1988–1990 Minister without Portfolio
1990 Minister of the Environment

Rafael Edri (Hebrew: רפאל אדרי‎‎, born 10 September 1937) is an Israeli former politician who served as Minister of the Environment and Minister without Portfolio between 1988 and 1990.

Early life[edit]

Born in Casablanca in Morocco, Edri made aliyah in 1956.[1] In 1965, then known as Raphael Cohen and an oil company engineer, he married Annie-Claude Amar, the daughter of Moroccan Jewish businessman David Amar, in the presence of two members of the Moroccan Cabinet, several former Ministers and the National Police Chief.[2] She died on 6 August 1993.[3][4]

Edri joined the Labour Party and served as head of Hatzor HaGlilit local council. Away from politics, he was on the executive committee of Solel Boneh, served as director-general and chairman of Shikun Ovdim, and chaired the World Assembly of Maghreb Jews in Israel.[5]

In 1981 he was elected to the Knesset on the Alignment's list. He was re-elected in 1984 and served as chairman of the Alignment parliamentary group and of the national unity government coalition. Re-elected again in 1988, Edri was appointed both Minister without Portfolio in the national unity government of 1988. He left the cabinet in 1990 when the Alignment pulled out of the coalition.[6] After being re-elected in 1992 he became Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, a role he continued in after the 1996 elections. He lost his seat in the 1999 elections.[7]


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