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Yaakov Turner (Hebrew: יעקב טרנר, born 27 February 1935) was the mayor of Beersheba. Prior to his election as mayor, he was an Israel Air Force pilot and Israel's Chief of Police.[1] Turner was the founder and head of the Israeli Air Force Museum.[2]

Yaakov Turner
7th Mayor of Beersheba
In office
Preceded byDavid Bunfeld
Succeeded byRuvik Danilovich
Personal details
Born27 February 1935 (1935-02-27) (age 84)
Kfar Yona, Israel
Political partyLabor Party
Spouse(s)Ariela Turner



Turner visiting Lod as chief of police

Yaakov Turner was born in Kfar Yona, Israel, to Jewish parents from Hungary and Poland. He graduated from Ben Gurion University of the Negev with a major in behavioral sciences.[3]

Military and police careerEdit

Turner enlisted in the Israeli Air Force in 1953 and retired in 1985 as a brigadier general. In the Yom Kippur War he was an F-4 Phantom II pilot, and in the Six-Day War and the War of Attrition, he was the commander of an air combat squadron.

In 1985 he founded the Israeli Air Force Museum in Hatzerim airbase near Beersheba.[4]

After his military service, he joined the Israel Police, where he became general commissioner (commander of the police) in 1990, a position he held until 1993. Turner served as president of the Israeli branch of the International Police Association.[5]


In 1998, Turner was elected mayor of Beersheba. He was elected on a local list, but with the support of the Israeli Labor Party.[6] He was re-elected in 2003,[3] but lost the elections in 2008 to his former deputy mayor, Ruvik Danilovich.[7] Turner won 30 percent of the vote versus 60 percent for Danilovich].[8]

The Yaakov Turner Sports Complex, named for him, includes the 16,000-seat Turner Stadium, multifunctional sport hall and practice fields.[9]


  1. ^ Lebel, Udi (2013-09-13). Communicating Security: Civil-Military Relations in Israel. Routledge. ISBN 9781317998228.
  2. ^ International Air Cadets Plant Trees at Israeli Air Force Museum
  3. ^ a b Russo, Yocheved Miriam (December 5, 2003). "Beersheva Mayor Yaakov Terner". Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ "International Air Cadets at Israeli Air Force Museum". The Jerusalem Post. August 2, 2012. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  5. ^ International Police Association
  6. ^ Israel Democracy Institute: National and Local Politics
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  8. ^ Izenberg, Dan (November 12, 2008). "'Obama effect' sees 'youth' ousting incumbents". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  9. ^ Municipality of Be'er Sheva