Ayoob Kara is a Druze-Israeli politician. Previously, he served as a Member of the Knesset for the Likud Party, as Minister of Communications, Minister without Portfolio, Deputy Minister for Negev and Galilee Development, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Regional Cooperation, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. He was born in 1955 in the Druze village of Dalit al-Carmel near Haifa. Before his enlistment in the IDF, he trained with the Hapoel Nahariya football team. In 1976, he became the first Druze to play in a senior league in Israel, playing as a defender for Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. He served in the IDF and retired with the rank of major.
In 1984 he joined the TAMI party and coordinated the party’s activities in the Arab sector. In 1999, he entered the 15th Knesset on behalf of the Likud and served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and as Chairman of the Committee to Examine the Issue of Foreign Workers. After the inauguration of the 34th Government of Israel, Kara was appointed Deputy Minister of Regional Development. Afterward, he was appointed Minister without portfolio and placed in charge of the directorate for the promotion of the Druze and Circassian localities, as well as the director of the canal project. On May 29, 2017, he was appointed Minister of Communications.