Yosef Sapir

Israeli politician

1952Minister of Health1952–1955Minister of Transportation1967–1969Minister without Portfolio1969–1970Minister of Trade and IndustryFaction represented in the Knesset1949–1961General Zionists1961–1965Liberal Party1965–1972Gahal Personal detailsBorn27 January 1902
Jaffa, Ottoman EmpireDied26 February 1972(1972-02-26) (aged 70)

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, then under the Ottoman Empire. Between 1940 and 1951 he served as the mayor of Petah Tikva, where a major street (part of Road 481) is named after him. Shortly after his tenure, at the end of 1952, Sapir joined the national government as Health Minister, later going on to become the Minister of Transportation between 1952 and 1955.

Sapir served as a Minister without Portfolio in Levi Eshkol's emergency government formed on the eve of the Six-Day War. He 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 community settlement founded in 1984 between Ramle and Beit Shemesh, is named in his honor.

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