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Ayoob Kara

(1955- )

Ayoob Kara was born in the Israeli Druze town of Daliat el-Carmel in 1955. He completed his army service with the rank of major and studied business administration.

Kara was a Member of Knesset from 1999 until 2006, serving as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Workers and of the Committee on Drug Abuse. He was also a member of the Internal Affairs & Environment, Labor, Welfare & Health, Finance, Economic Affairs, and Education, Culture & Sports Committees, and an Observer on the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. He served as Deputy Speaker of the 15th Knesset.

Ayoob Kara was re-elected to the 18th Knesset in February 2009. In April 2009 he was appointed Deputy Minister of the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, serving until February 2013.

He is married and the father of five children.

Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs