Michael Ratzon

Michael Ratzon

(1952- )

Michael Ratzon was born in 1952 in Petah Tikva.

An attorney by profession, he holds an L.L.B. and an MA in law from Bar-Ilan University and studied history at Tel Aviv University.

He served in the elite Sayeret Egoz and Sayeret Rimon reconnaissance units and in the Golani Brigade. Ratzon was also an instructor at Officers' Candidate School and served as an Operations Branch officer, battalion commander, deputy brigade commander, and Yarkon Region commander in the Home Front Command.

Ratzon has served as chairman, Avner Insurance Corporation; director, Housing and Development Company; member, Advisory Council to the Finance Minister on Insurance Issues; chairman, directorate of a company for environmental protection; member, National Council for the Prevention of Road Accidents; member, Petah Tikva Municipal Council; chairman, Herut Youth and Likud Youth.

A member of the 13th and 16th Knessets, he is a member of the State Ombudsman's Committee.

Michael Ratzon was appointed Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade in March 2003.

He is married with five children and lives in Kochav Yair.

Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs