Ya'akov Shamai

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Ya'akov Shamai
Date of birth (1940-05-22) 22 May 1940 (age 84)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 11, 12, 13
Faction represented in Knesset
1985–1996 Likud

Ya'akov Shamai (Hebrew: יעקב שמאי‎, born 22 May 1940) is an Israeli farmer and former politician.


Shamai was born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era. After high school, he did national service in the IDF between 1958 and 1961, before working in agriculture.

He headed the Likud faction in the Histadrut trade union, and was on the Likud list for the 1984 Knesset elections. Although he failed to win a seat, he entered the Knesset on 5 February 1985 as a replacement for the deceased Yitzhak Seiger.[1] He was re-elected in 1988 and 1992, before losing his seat in the 1996 elections.

His daughter, Yifat, is married to Likud MK Yariv Levin.


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