Suissa, Eli (1956–)

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SUISSA, ELI (1956–)

Israeli politician. Born in Morocco in 1956, Eli Suissa migrated to Israel that same year. He received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Kfar Hassidim and joined the SHAS Party shortly after it was founded. Suissa served as minister of the interior from 1996 until July 1999, served in rotation as minister of religious affairs, then as minister of national infrastructures from July 1999 until his resignation in July 2000. He was appointed minister without portfolio in March 2001, responsible for Jerusalem affairs.