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Ze'ev Boim

(1943 - 2011)

Ze'ev Boim was an Israeli politician who also served as a minister in the Israeli Cabinet.

Boim (born April 30, 1943; died March 18, 2011) was born in Jerusalem during the British Mandate period. He served as a company commander in the Israel Defense Forces before earning his BA in history and Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

First elected to the Knesset in 1996 on the Likud Party list, he served in the 14th Knesset as Likud whip, head of the Negev Lobby and head of the Knesset Delegation to the Annual Dialogue between Israel and the European Parliament. In the 15th Knesset, he served as coalition and Likud faction chairman. Boim was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense in March 2003, a position he held until January 2006.

In 2005, Boim followed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from Likud to the newly formed Kadima party. In 2006, he held the positions of Minister of Housing & Construction and Minister of Agriculture. The following year he was appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption and from 2007 to 2009he served as Minister of Housing & Construction yet again.

Boim passed away on March 18, 2011. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia