Gideon Patt

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Gideon Patt
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Date of birth (1933-02-22) 22 February 1933 (age 86)
Place of birthJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Faction represented in Knesset
Ministerial roles
1977–1979Minister of Housing & Construction
1979–1984Minister of Industry & Trade
1981Minister of Tourism
1984–1988Minister of Science & Development
1988–1992Minister of Tourism

Gideon Patt (Hebrew: גדעון פת, born 22 February 1933) is a former Israeli politician who served in several ministerial positions between the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era, Patt served in the Nahal brigade and studied economics at New York University, gaining a BA.

For the 1969 elections he was placed 27th on the Gahal list, but missed out on a seat when the alliance won only 26 seats. However, he entered the Knesset on 29 January 1970 as a replacement for the deceased Aryeh Ben-Eliezer. He was re-elected in 1973 and 1977 and was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction in Menachem Begin's government. In January 1979, he switched to the Industry, Trade and Tourism portfolio.

Following the 1981 elections the Tourism and Industry and Trade portfolios were separated, though Patt continued to hold both until August 1981 when he gave up the Tourism post.

After the 1984 elections he became Minister of Science and Development, and reverted to Minister of Tourism after the 1988 elections. Although he retained his seat in the 1992 elections, the government was formed by Labor, and Patt lost his place in the cabinet. He was not re-elected in 1996.

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