(1951 - )
Shmuel Avital is a former Israeli politician who served in the Israeli Cabinet.
Avital (born May 24, 1951) was born in Casablanca, Morocco and immigrated to Israel in 1953. He attended the Eshel Hanasi
agricultural high school and, following his army service in the armored
corps, studied literature and history at Ben-Gurion University of the
Avital served in many public positions, among them Deputy Director-General
of the Agricultural Development Authority, Secretary of the Labor Party
moshavim district, and Chairman of the Negev Moshavim Organization.
In 1996 he was appointed Treasurer of the Histadrut.
Elected to the Knesset on the Labor Party ticket in the 13th
Knesset (1992-1996), he served on the Committees for Economics Committee
and Internal Affairs and Environment. He also headed the Negev and agriculture
In March 2001, Shmuel Avital was appointed Minister without Portfolio,
responsible for coordinating social affairs. Avital resigned from the Knesset in 2002.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs