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  9/23/2012, Tishrei 7, 5773

Former Deputy Knesset Speaker Gideon Gadot Dead at 71


Former Deputy Knesset Speaker Gideon Gadot was laid to rest, Sunday afternoon, at the Nachalat Yitzchak Cemetery in Tel Aviv, following his death, Friday, at the age of 71. Gadot represented the Likud between 1984 and 1992. He is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren.

Gadot joined the Betar movement at the age of 10 and was part of its national leadership between 1965 and 1968. Two years later he represented the movement in South Africa. Gadot wrote for the "Herut", "Hayom"  and "Yom Yom" newspapers before becoming head of the Herut movement's Spokesman section between 1977 and 1982. He chaired the Mif'al Hapais lottery board between 1981 and 1966 and established the "Kol Chai" radio station.

Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, religious journalist Shaul Meizlich, who met Gadot when Gadot was a Knesset member, said that Gadot tried to infuse unity among various segments of society, including the religious and non-religious. He added, "It was the first time I heard a Jew who did't wear a yarmulke speaking with such a longing for Israel."