(1945 - )
Born in Iran in 1945, Moshe Katsav came to Israel with his parents in 1951. The eldest of eight children, he grew up in the new immigrant tent camp (and later development town) of Kiryat Malachi.
He graduated from the Ben-Shemen Agricultural School and Beer Tuvia. Following Israel Defense Forces (IDF) military service, he received a degree in Economics and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Katsav served as president of Young B'nai Brith in Kiryat Malachi and wrote for the "Yediot Aharonot" daily. He was chairman of the Likud student council at the Hebrew University. First elected Mayor of Kiryat Malachi in 1969 as a 24-year old student, he was Israel's youngest mayor. He served as mayor of Kiryat Malachi also from 1974-81.
Moshe Katsav has been a Member of Knesset since 1977. In 1977-81, he was a member of the Knesset Committee on Interior Affairs and the Environment, and the Committee on Education and Culture. He also served as chairman of the Knesset Members' Lobby for Development Towns.
Katsav later served as Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction (1981-84), Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (1984-88), and Minister of Transport (1988-92). In the 13th Knesset (1992-96) he was chairman of the Likud Faction in the Knesset, member of the Knesset House Committee and chairman of the Israel-China parliamentary friendship league.
Moshe Katsav served as Minister of Tourism and Deputy Prime Minister from June 1996-July 1999. He also served as minister in charge of Israeli Arab affairs. He was re-elected to the 15th Knesset in May 1999.
Katsav is married and has five children.