(1936 - )
Avraham Shochat, a construction engineer by
profession, was born in 1936 in Tel
Shochat was a paratrooper in the Israel
Defense Forces (IDF), and has served as a branch director of
Solel Boneh (the construction company of the Histadrut,
Israel's General Federation of Labour) and a board member of Israel
He was one of the founders of the city of Arad,
and its mayor for more than two decades (1967-89). He served as the
chairman of the first citizens' committee in Arad, Chairman of the
Development Towns Council, and Deputy Chairman of the Union of Local
Shochat became a Member of Knesset in 1988, serving as the Chairman of the Committee on Economy and
later as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
From 1992-1996 he served as Minister of Finance.
In July 1999 Shochat was again appointed Minister of Finance. In
August 2000 he was also assigned the National Infrastructures
portfolio. Shochat served in the Knesset until 2006.
He is married and has three children.
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