Knesset member and former minister Ze'ev Boim died Friday at the age of 67 at a Milwaukee hospital in the United States after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Boim, one of the founders of Jabotinsky's Zionist camp began his career as an educator, and was the school principal at the Rogozin School in Kiryat Gat. He left teaching for politics, becoming mayor of Kiryat Gat for 13 years.
In 1996 Boim joined the Knesset, serving from the fourteenth through the eighteenth Knessets as a member of the Likud Party, and later as a mention of the breakaway party Kadima, that is now the opposition party in Knesset.
He served in several capacities during his time in government, acting as chairperson of the coalition, chairperson of Likud during the government of Ariel Sharon, deputy minister of defense, minister of immigration and absorption, minister of agriculture and minister of housing and construction.
His final position in Knesset as a member of Kadima was chairman of the subcommittee on home front readiness. His place will be filled by Dr. Doron Avital, a former commander in the elite Israel Defense Forces unit, Sayeret Matkal.
The current chairperson of Kadima, MK Tzipi Livni said Friday that she is "hurting from the death of my friend. Ze'evik represented to his very core the values upon which Zionism is based. He loved Israel and cared for its people. He was a man with a conscience and was straight as a yardstick."
The MK continued, saying "the State of Israel has lost one of its best sons and leaders. Kadima is proud that he chose to represent the party during his life, and feels blessed to have had him. He will be missed as a friend, a peer and an exemplary individual.
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