Yisrael Kessar

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Yisrael Kessar
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Date of birth (1931-05-20)20 May 1931
Place of birth Sana'a, Yemen
Year of aliyah 1933
Knessets 11, 12, 13
Faction represented in Knesset
1984-1991 Alignment
1991-1995 Labor Party
Ministerial roles
1992–1996 Minister of Transportation

Yisrael Kessar (Hebrew: ישראל קיסר‎‎, born 20 May 1931) is a former Israeli politician who served as a Knesset member for the Alignment and Labor Party between 1984 and 1996.

Life and politics[edit]

Kessar was born in Sana'a, Yemen in 1931 and immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1933. He served in the IDF as a captain. He studied economy and sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.[1]

In 1966 he began his public career in the Histadrut, as treasurer (1973–1977), chairman of the Worker's Company (1977–1984) and secretary general (1984–1992).[1] He was also chairman of the Division of the Professional Union and the Division of Youth, Sports, Manpower, and Students.

In 1984 he was elected to the Knesset for the Alignment. He was re-elected in 1988, and again in 1992, after which he was appointed Minister of Transportation by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a position he held until 1996.[1] He was one of the early initiators of the Tel Aviv Light Rail.[2] He lost his seat and ministerial post following the 1996 elections.


  1. ^ a b c Malin, Martin. "Israel Kessar". Answers.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  2. ^ "British-style rail transit proposed". Israel Business Today. 1993-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-27. [dead link]

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