Haim Corfu, a former MK and minister of transportation, died at age 94 Monday night.
Corfu was born in Jerusalem in 1921. He studied in religious schools and yeshivas, and at the age of 16 he joined Etzel, a Zionist paramilitary group. He eventually became a member of the Etzel command in Jerusalem. During that time he also played as a striker for the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club.
Corfu was behind several attacks against officials in the British mandate. When captured, he was exiled to Sudan and lived there and in Kenya. He only returned to Israel with the establishment of the state in 1948.
Corfu served as a Jerusalem City Council member from 1967 to 1969, and in late October 1969 he was appointed a Knesset member on behalf of Herut, the party from which Likud later evolved. He was an MK until 1992 and served as transportation minister in the 10th and 11th Knessets.
As transportation minister, Corfu served in four different governments.
Current Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said Corfu was an ”exemplary man” and ”one of the central figures who accompanied the struggle for the establishment of the state.”
To view Haim Corfu`s Knesset page: http://goo.gl/ftp4yL