Yaacov Meridor, Former Jewish Guerrilla Leader, Dead At 81
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Yaakov Meridor, a Jewish guerrilla commander in Palestine and minister in Israeli governments, died Friday at 81.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
Meridor immigrated to British-ruled Palestine from Poland in 1932. A year later, he joined Menachem Begin’s Irgun Zvai Leumi, a Jewish underground group that used terror tactics to drive the British from Palestine.
Meridor rose in the group’s ranks until he became commander. He was captured by the British in 1944 and served four years in jail.
After Israel was created in 1948, Meridor was among the founders of the right-wing Herut Party, later absorbed by the Likud, and represented the party in the first session of Israel’s parliament in 1949.
Known for his right-wing views, Meridor served as minister of economics from 1982 to 1984.
Following his retirement from parliament, Meridor was among the founders and served as chairman of the board of directors of Maritime Fruit Carriers, Ltd. in Haifa.
His funeral will take place on Sunday in Tel Aviv. He is survived by three children.