Israeli ex-minister Yaakov Neeman dies aged 77
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Born in 1939 in, Neeman, alongside future President , founded law firm Herzog, Fox and Neeman in 1972. He was appointed finance minister in 1979, a position he held until 1981. He was later appointed justice minister by Netanyahu, based on his legal training and loyalty.
Unusually for a senior minister, he had never served in the. He held the job for two months before resigning; he was being investigated for . , Attorney General of the day, launched the probe after Neeman testified at a bribery trial. Neeman was cleared.
Neeman regained the Justice Ministry post in 1997, resigning again the next year. He blamed insufficient support from Netanyahu and resumed law. In 2009 Netanyahu was reelected, again appointing Neeman minister of justice. In 2013 this role passed to theparty's .
Neeman's last resignation, in 2013, came as he was under investigation by thefor evading tax via his law company. The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ultimately acquitted him.
Outside law and politics Neeman was also an industrialist. He worked with Palestinians once the hijack had concluded., airline , and the . In 1986 he was credited as key to convincing business partner Herzog, who was then president, with pardoning members of the ; after a bus was hijacked, security forces two
Neeman specialised in tax law. A fluentspeaker, he had degrees from the and . His wife and six children survive him.
Current Presidentspoke of a good lawyer and advisor whose wisdom he had sought as recently as last week. "The entire Justice Department bows his head", said current Justice Minister . Herzog's son , leader of the opposition , spoke of "a tender-hearted, broad-minded and generous man" who "was a mentor and close friend for tens of years."
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said Neeman was "a unique figure in our public life, blessed with talent and pleasantness, who believed in his heritage and his people with his entire body." Netanyahu called Neeman "one of the senior jurists in the country, of a sharp mind and a warm Jewish heart."
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