Michael Hasani

Rabbi Ya'akov-Michael Hasani (Hebrew: יעקב-מיכאל חזני, 27 June 1913 – 2 July 1975) was an Israeli politician who served as Minister of Welfare during two spells in the early 1970s.

Michael Hasani
Michael Hazani 1970.jpg
Ministerial roles
1970–1974Minister of Welfare
1974–1975Minister of Welfare
Faction represented in the Knesset
1951–1955Hapoel HaMizrachi
1955–1975National Religious Party
Personal details
Born12 June 1913
Bendzin, Russian Empire
Died2 July 1975(1975-07-02) (aged 62)


Born Ya'akov Kantrovich in Będzin in Poland (Russian Empire), Hasani studied at a yeshiva and was certified as a rabbi. He made aliyah in 1932 and was involved in the Haganah.

In 1951 he was elected to the Knesset on the Hapoel HaMizrachi list. He was re-elected in 1955, 1959 (by which time the party had merged into the National Religious Party), 1961, 1965 and 1969. In December 1969 he became Deputy Minister of Education and Culture, serving until 1 September 1970, when he was appointed Minister of Welfare. He remained minister After the 1973 elections, he retained his seat in the Knesset and continued in office as Minister of Welfare. However, less than a month after the government was formed, Hasani left the cabinet on 4 April 1974. He returned as Minister of Welfare in October that year, serving until his death in July 1975.

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