(1955 - )
Yisrael Katz was born in 1955 in Ashkelon. He holds a B.A. degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also attended graduate studies. A resident of Moshav Kfar Ahim, he has engaged in agriculture.
Yisrael Katz has been a Member of Knesset since 1998, serving as a member of the Knesset Finance, House, Constitution, Law & Justice, and Foreign Affairs & Defense Committees. He has also been a member of the Committee for Public Petitions, the Joint Committee for the Defense Budget, and the Special Committee for Discussion of the Security Service Law.
He has also served as President of the Likud Party Convention.
In February 2003 Yisrael Katz was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He is married, with two children.