Pesach Gruper .
(photo credit: Courtesy of Knesset)
Pesah Gruper, an agriculture minister in two governments under former prime
minister Yitzhak Shamir, died on Monday night at the age of 88.
funeral was on Tuesday afternoon in Atlit.
Gruper was the head of the
Atlit Local Council before serving as a Likud MK in the eight, ninth, 10th, 11th
and 12th Knessets.
After leaving politics, he became the president of the
Farmers’ Union and the chairman of the Vintners’ Association.
Speaker Yuli Edelstein said on Tuesday that Gruper was “a man of the land with
every bone in his body, and will be remembered as an activist who worked for the
farmers and vintners in Israel.”
“Pesah was a special man who said what
Even if he sounded blunt sometimes, his words would do the
work. Despite his rough image, he was a delicate soul,” MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud)
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Rivlin added that Gruper stood up for the Jewish people’s right to
its land and was one of the most knowledgeable and involved agriculture
ministers in Israeli history.
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