(1960 - 2015)
Uri Orbach was an Israeli author, journalist, and politician, and the Minister of Pensioner Affairs in the thirty-third Knesset.
Born on April 28, 1960 in Petah Tikvah, Israel, Orbach attended yeshiva, and served as a staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces. He has worked as a journalist for Yedioth Ahronoth and co-hosted the IDF Radio show, “The Last Word.” He is author of several children’s books and a dictionary of Religious Zionist slang.
Before the 2009 elections, Orbach joined the Yisrael Beiteinu political party. He won one of the three seats in the thirty-second Knesset that the National Union party won that year.
Orbach lived in Modiin with his wife and their four children. After giving up the majority of his governing responsibilities over the previous weeks due to a recurring hematologic disease, he passed away at the age of 54 on February 16, 2015, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Sources: Wikipedia, Haaretz (February 16, 2015)