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Professor Yehudit Naot ( , born 4 April 1944, died 16 December 2004) was an Israelimarker scientist and politician. She served as Minister of the Environment between February 2003 and October 2004.

Born in Kiryat Haimmarker during the Mandate era, Naot gained a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in biology from the Technionmarker. She went on to work in the medical department at the university, and became a professor.

In 1975 she was amongst the founders of Shinui. She was elected to Haifamarker's local council in 1978, though she left it in 1979. She returned to the council several times, serving from 1983-87, 1989-93 and 1993-97. She also served as the city's deputy mayor between 1989 and 1991 and again from 1993 until 1996.

In 1999 she was elected to the Knessetmarker as the third-placed candidate on Shinui's list, and became a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. After retaining her seat in the 2003 elections, she was appointed Minister of the Environment in Ariel Sharon's government. She resigned from the cabinet in October 2004 due to deteriorating health, but continued to serve as an MK until her death in December that year. She died from throat cancer, linked to her smoking.

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  1. Parties and Lists The Jerusalem Post
  2. Web site names celebs who died from smoking The Jerusalem Post, 24 October 2005


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