Yaakov Turner

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Yaakov Turner
7th Mayor of Beersheba
In office
Preceded by David Bunfeld
Succeeded by Ruvik Danilovich
Personal details
Born 27 February 1935 (1935-02-27) (age 82)
Kfar Yona, Israel
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Ariela Turner
Religion Jewish

Yaakov Turner (Hebrew: יעקב טרנר‎ (born 27 February 1935) is the former mayor of Beersheba. Prior to his election as mayor, he was an Israel Air Force pilot and Israel's Chief of Police.[1]He is the founder and head of the Israeli Air Force Museum.[2]


Yaakov Turner was born in Kfar Yona, Israel. He graduated from Ben Gurion University of the Negev with a major in behavioral sciences.[3]

Military and police career[edit]

Turner enlisted in the Israeli Air Force in 1953 and retired in 1985 as a Brigadier-General. In the Yom Kippur War he was an F-4 Phantom II pilot, and in the Six-Day War and the War of Attrition, he was the commander of an air combat squadron.

In 1985 he founded the Israeli Air Force Museum in Hatzerim airbase near Beersheba.

After his military service, he joined the Israel Police, where he became general commissioner (commander of the police) in 1990, a position he held until 1993. Turner served as president of the Israeli branch of the International Police Association.[4]


In 1998, Turner was elected mayor of Beersheba. He was elected on a local list, but with the support of the Israeli Labor Party.[5] He was re-elected in 2003[6] but lost the elections in 2008 to his former deputy mayor, Ruvik Danilovich.[7] Turner won 30 percent of the vote versus 60 percent for Danilovich].[8]

The Yaakov Turner Sports Complex, named for Turner, includes the 16,000-seat Turner Stadium, multifunctional sport hall and practice fields.[9]