Rehavam Ze’evi

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Rehavam 'Gandhi' Ze'evi (1926-2001) was so right-wing that even Benny Begin, himself a hardline Zionist, once labeled his ideas on transfer as "political pollution."

Ze'evi was born in Jerusalem in 1926. A former career army officer, Ze'evi graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. On retirement from the Israeli army, he held the rank of Major-General.

As head of the Moledet party, Rehavam Ze'evi had been a Knesset Member since 1988, serving on the Knesset, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Education and Culture, and State Control Committees. In the 1999 elections to the 15th Knesset, he was elected on the joint National Unity ticket. From February 1991 until Janaury 1992, he served as Minister without Portfolio. In March 2001, Rehavam Ze'evi was appointed Minister of Tourism. On 17 October 2001, Ze'evi was assassinated in a Jerusalem hotel.

Ironically, considering his racist views, Ze'evi was nicknamed "Gandhi" because he went to a masquerade party in his youth dressed as the Indian leader.

Ze'evi's sons are equal right-wing zealots: Binyamin Ze'evi, and Palmach Ze'evi. Yael Ze'evi is his widow, another far-right zealot.

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