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|Date of birth||29 March 1949|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Year of aliyah||1981|
|Date of death||16 January 2007(aged 57)|
|Knessets||14, 15, 16, 17|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
Yuri Stern (Hebrew: יורי שטרן, Russian: Юрий Штерн, 29 March 1949 – 16 January 2007) was a Russian-Israeli politician and journalist. He was a member of the Knesset from 1996 until his death, first as a member of Yisrael BaAliyah and later on behalf of Yisrael Beiteinu.
Stern was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections on the list of Yisrael BaAliyah, a Russian immigrant party. However, after internal disagreements within the party he broke away with Michael Nudelman to form a new party, Aliyah.
After Ariel Sharon beat Ehud Barak in a special election for Prime Minister in 2001, Yisrael Beiteinu was added to Sharon's coalition government and Stern was appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry in the Prime Minister's Office.
He retained his seat again in the 2003 elections, in which Yisrael Beiteinu ran as part of the right-wing National Union alliance. He was re-elected in the 2006 elections in second place on Yisrael Beiteinu's list (the party ran alone in the election).
Whilst a Knesset Member, Stern served as chairman in two Knesset committees; the Internal Affairs and the Environment Committee, and the State Inspection Committee. He was also chairman of two Knesset lobbies; the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, and the Knesset Forum on the Middle East.
Stern was also a member of several other organisations, including the Zionist Forum (within of which he was a member of the management for the Israeli Zionist Forum), and others mostly related to immigration and immigrant absorption. He was a vehement opponent of land surrender to Palestinians.
Stern died of cancer on January 16, 2007.
- Yuri Stern on the Knesset website
- Yuri Stern's memorial web site
- Legacy of integration Haaretz, 25 January 2007