(1945 - )
Ayalon is an Israeli politician, previously head of the Shin Bet and commander-in-chief of the Israeli Navy.
Ayalon (born June 27, 1945) was born in Tiberias during the British Mandate over Palestine. He received a B.A. in Economics and
Political Science from Bar
Ilan University in 1980 and an M.A. in Public Administration
from Harvard University in 1992.
served his entire military service in the Israel
Navy, from his enlistment in 1963,
volunteering for the navy commando unit.
In 1969, Ayalon was decorated with the
Medal of Valor, Israel's highest award.
In 1979, Ayalon was appointed commander
of the navy commando. Receiving the rank
of admiral, he served as commander of the
Israel Navy from 1992-1996.
1996-2000 Ayalon served as Director of
the Israel Security Agency, and from 2001-2005 as
Chairman of the Board of the Netafim irrigation
Member of Knesset since April 2006, he
served as a member of the Knesset Foreign
Affairs & Defense, Ethics, State Control,
Labor, Welfare, & Health, and Foreign
Workers committees. In September 2007 Ami
Ayalon was appointed Minister without Portfolio.
is married and the father of three.