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Gideon Ben-Yisrael
Date of birth 6 March 1923 (1923-03-06) (age 86)
Place of birth Haifa, Mandate Palestine
Knessets 4, 5
Party Rafi (1965)
Former parties Mapai (1959-61, 1962-65)

Gideon Ben-Yisrael (Hebrew: גדעון בן-ישראל‎, born 6 March 1923) is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai and Rafi.


Born in Haifa during the Mandate era, Ben-Yisrael joined the Haganah, and between 1938 and 1940 was a recruiting officer in Jerusalem. During World War II he volunteered for the Jewish Brigade, and also fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and was wounded in the Battle for Jerusalem. He was demobilised from the IDF as a major.

After the war, he studied economics and international relations at the London School of Economics. He returned to Israel in 1953 and served as secretary of the Beersheba Workers Council, and was head of Labor Relations in the Ministry of Labour. He also lectured on labour relations at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University, and was a member of the co-ordinating committee of the Histadrut trade union, and chairman of its Organisation and Workers Council section.

In 1955 he married Ruth Ne'eman, sister of Yuval (later a government minister), who went on to become a law professor. They had two children, Marit and Sivion.

In 1959 he was elected to the Knesset on the Mapai list. The following year he received a graduate law degree from the Tel Aviv branch of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Although he lost his seat in the 1961 elections, he returned to the Knesset on 28 August 1962 as a replacement for the deceased Herzl Berger.[1] He was amongst the Mapai members that broke away to form Rafi in 1965, and lost his seat in the elections later that year. He later served as chairm on the Labor Party's unions section, and was a member of the party's central committee and secretariat.


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