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Shlomo Ben-Ami

(1943 - )

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Shlomo Ben-Ami is an Israeli diplomat, politician and historian.

Ben-Ami (born July 17, 1943) was born in Tangiers, Morocco, and immigrated to Israel in 1955. He was educated at Tel-Aviv University and Oxford University (England) from which he received a Ph.D. in History.

Ben-Ami headed the School of History of Tel-Aviv University (1982-86). He served as Israel's ambassador to Spain from 1987-1991. He has published several books in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

Elected to the Knesset in 1996 on the Labor ticket, Ben-Ami served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and of the Sub-committee on Foreign Service. Ben-Ami was re-elected to the Knesset in 1999, representing the One Israel Party, and again in 2001 for the Labor Party.

From 1999 to 2001, Ben-Ami served as Minister of Public Security and from 2000 to 2001 as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He resigned from the Knesset in August 2002.

He is married and the father of three.

Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry

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