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Yaakov Edri
Date of birth 25 November 1950 (1950-11-25) (age 59)
Place of birth Morocco
Year of aliyah 1959
Knessets 16th, 17th, 18th
Party Kadima
Former parties Likud
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Minister of Negev & Galilee Development
Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Minister without Portfolio
Minister of Health

Yaakov Edri (Hebrew: יעקב אדרי‎, also spelt Edery or Edrey, born 25 November 1950) is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Kadima. Formerly Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Minister of Health and a Minister without Portfolio, Edri is the Minister of Negev and Galilee Development in the current government.


Born in Morocco, Edri emigrated to Israel in 1959. He attended the University of Haifa, where he gained a BA in political science and an MA in public administration.

Between 1989 and 2003, he served as mayor of Or Akiva, where he currently resides. In 2003, he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list. On 10 March 2003, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Internal Security. In late November 2005, he resigned from Likud and joined Kadima. On 18 January 2006 he was appointed Minister of Health and the Minister for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee.

Edri retained his seat in the 2006 elections, and on 27 July was named minister for Jerusalem affairs. As part of a cabinet reshuffle in July 2007 he became both Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Minister of Negev and Galilee Development. He lost the former portfolio on 14 July 2008 when Eli Aflalo was appointed to the post.

On 25 February 2007 he was appointed to be responsible for Israel's sixtieth anniversary celebrations. On the same day, he was questioned under caution on suspicion of having tried to receive personal benefits in return for promoting a police commander, Ya'akov Zigdon, whilst he was Deputy Minister of Internal Security. He denied the charges.[1]

He retained his seat in the 2009 elections after being placed thirteenth on the Kadima list.


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