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David Azulai
David Azulai
(Hebrew: דוד אזולאי‬; born 5 May 1954) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset
for Shas
for over 20 years from 1996 and 2018. He is currently Minister of Religious Services.


1 Biography 2 Controversy 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Azulai was born in Meknes
in Morocco, and immigrated to Israel
in 1963. Between the years 1973 to 1993, he worked as a teacher and vice principal. Simultaneously, from 1978 to 1993, he was a member of Acre's local council and served in the municipality's committees. In 1993, he was elected to Nahal Iron Regional Council, serving as deputy mayor of the council and later as its mayor.[1] He resigned following his election to the Knesset
in 1996. Since his election, he has served as Chairman of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee (2000–2001) and as Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs (2001–2003). In the latter post, he was assigned to head a commission regarding the status of the Falasha. Following the 2015 elections, he was appointed Minister of Religious Services in the new government. He gave up his Knesset
seat in March 2018 under the Norwegian Law and was replaced by his son Yinon.[2] Controversy[edit] In a meeting with MK Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
about Women of the Wall, an Israeli group fighting for the right of Jewish women to pray at the Kotel in their fashion, Azulai referred to them as "provocateurs", and claimed that Reform Judaism
Reform Judaism
is "a disaster for the nation of Israel". Women of the Wall then voiced a protest: "We expect Ayelet Shaked, like her predecessor, to announce unequivocally that as a woman and a justice minister, she will not sign discriminatory regulations, and will not be a part of exclusion of women from the Western Wall or from any other place. The court has already ruled that these regulations are discriminatory and illegal." Azulai's comments were also condemned by Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Reform movement in Israel, who noted, "If Minister Azoulay cannot function as minister for all the citizens of Israel, then he should resign." [3] References[edit]

^ David Azulai: Public Activities Knesset
website ^ Shas
minister resigns from Knesset, will be replaced by son Times of Israel, 12 March 2018 ^ After offensive remark, Reform Jews demand ouster of Israel's new religious affairs minister Haaretz, 17 June 2015

External links[edit]

David Azulai
David Azulai
on the Knesset

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Current government of Israel

Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
(also Foreign Affairs, and Regional Cooperation)


Ofir Akunis
Ofir Akunis
(Science, Technology and Space) Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel
(Agriculture) David Azulai
David Azulai
(Religious Affairs) Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
(Education, Diaspora Affairs) Eli Cohen (Economy) Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri
(Development of the Negev & Galilee, Interior) Ze'ev Elkin
Ze'ev Elkin
(Jerusalem Affairs & Heritage, Environmental Protection) Gilad Erdan
Gilad Erdan
(Public Security, Strategic Affairs, Information) Yoav Galant
Yoav Galant
(Construction) Gila Gamliel
Gila Gamliel
(Senior Citizens) Tzachi Hanegbi
Tzachi Hanegbi
(Without portfolio) Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
(Finance) Ayoob Kara
Ayoob Kara
(Communications) Haim Katz
Haim Katz
(Welfare and Social Services) Yisrael Katz (Intelligence, Transportation) Sofa Landver
Sofa Landver
( Aliyah
and Integration) Yariv Levin
Yariv Levin
(Tourism) Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
(Defense) Yaakov Litzman
Yaakov Litzman
(Health) Miri Regev
Miri Regev
(Culture & Sport) Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
(Justice) Yuval Steinitz
Yuval Steinitz
(National Infrastructure, Energy & Water)

Deputy ministers

Eli Ben-Dahan
Eli Ben-Dahan
(Defense) Yitzhak Cohen
Yitzhak Cohen
(Finance) Tzipi Hotovely
Tzipi Hotovely
(Foreign Affairs) Ayoob Kara
Ayoob Kara
(Regional Cooperation) Jackie Levy (Construction) Yaron Mazuz
Yaron Mazuz
(PM's Office) Meshulam Nahari
Meshulam Nahari
(Interior) Meir Porush
Meir Porush

See also: 2015 Knesset
elections Current members of the Knesset

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Religious Services Ministers of Israel

Maimon (1948–51) Shapira (1951–58) Toledano (1958–60) Warhaftig (1961–74) Rafael (1974) Zadok (1974) Rafael (1974–76) Zadok (1977) Abuhatzira (1977–81) Burg (1981–84) Peres (1984) Burg (1984–86) Hammer (1986–90) Shaki (1990–92) Rabin (1992–95) Sheetrit (1995–96) Netanyahu (1996) Suissa (1996–97) Netanyahu (1997) Hammer (1997–98) Netanyahu (1998) Levy (1998) Suissa (1998–99) Cohen (1999–2000) Beilin (2000–01) Ohana (2001–03) Sharon (2003) Cohen (2008–09) Margi (2009–2013) Bennett (2013–15