Former finance minister Avraham Shochat dies aged 88

Avraham Shochat speaks during a memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, in Tel Aviv on November 2, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Avraham Shochat speaks during a memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, in Tel Aviv on November 2, 2021 (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Former finance minister Avraham “Baiga” Shochat has died at the age of 88, Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital says in a statement.

Shochat was born in Tel Aviv but was one of the founders of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza border, and served as mayor of Arad for 22 years.

A lawmaker for the Labor party, he served as finance minister in Rabin’s government at the time of the prime minister’s assassination, and also served under Ehud Barak.

Predeceased by his wife Tama, the daughter of former prime minister Levi Eshkol, he is survived by three children and seven grandchildren.

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